Robert Thacker, 102, Dies; Survived Pearl Harbor to Fly in 3 Wars

Robert Thacker, 102, Dies; Survived Pearl Harbor to Fly in 3 Wars

The New York Times-US·2020-12-26 17:02

Robert Thacker, who found himself caught in the middle of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor when he was piloting an unarmed B-17 bomber to Hawaii for refueling, but managed to make a hair-raising landing and went on to a distinguished flying career in war and peace, died on Nov. 25 at his home in San Clemente, Calif. He was 102.

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