This Lowell Tribune article was found in the March 2, 1944, issue (page 2, column 1):
Miss June Cornell received a letter from her fiance, Robert Stump, who is now stationed in England, in which he stated he has been on four different missions with the 8th air force, over Germany. After completing 25 such missions, he will return to the States.
This March 23, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 1, column 6:
TWO MORE LOCAL BOYS MISSING OVER GERMANY
S/SGT. JOSEPH T. BAKER AND S/SGT. ROBERT STUMP LOST OVER GERMANY
Two more local boys, S/Sgt. Joseph T. Baker of Cedar Lake, brother of Jim Baker, Lowell, and S/Sgt. Robert Stump, formerly of Shelby, fiance of Miss June Carroll of Lowell, were reported by the war department as missing in action over Germany.
S/Sgt. Baker, top turret gunner on a Flying Fortress, who was reported missing since February 20th, enlisted in the air corps about 14 months ago, while living at Cedar Lake. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Wash Baker, he attended Lowell grade school and Crown high. Following graduation from high school he took a course in machine lathes at Hammond Tech and prior to his enlistment was working at Pullman Standard, Hammond.
S/Sgt. Robert Stump, 20, son of Edgar Stump, reported missing since February 25th, formerly lived at Thayer. Following graduation from Mt. Ayr high school in 1942, he was employed at the Manufacturers' Specialty Co. here for a few months and enlisted in the air corps Dec. 9, 1942.
A tail gunner on a Flying Fortress, Stump had been on eight missions over occupied France and Germany previous to the one on which he was reported lost. He had been in England several months.
Both these young men are well known here and it is hoped by their many friends that they are among the many air force men now in the hands of the Germans after successfully baling out of their crippled planes.
This Lowell Tribune article was found in the May 11, 1944, issue (page 2, column 1):
Edgar Stump received word from the war department Monday that the only news received of his son, S/Sgt. Robert Stump, who went down with his crew while on a mission over France, is that the plane was seen over Texeon, France, at 12:30 p.m. on February 25th. The government informant said that from three to six parachutes were seen to open as the crew left the ship, but none were identified. Further word is anxiously awaited by the family.