|Death: ||Nov. 1, 1942|
Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea
Burns married Mildred Baumgartner, and was from Collinsville IL.
He was the bombardier on B-17E #41-2635, assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, 30th Bombardment Squadron.
They were one of a group of six planes that took off from Seven Mile aerodrome near Port Moresby on a night mission to bomb Japanese shipping in Tonolei Harbor, but Burns' plane disappeared on the way to the target and the crew was officially declared dead in 1945. Because of that he is listed on the Tablets of the Missing.
In 1999 the plane's wreckage was discovered where it struck a mountain near Alotau, Papua New Guinea. The crew's remains were recovered and Burns is interred in a group burial in Arlington National Cemetery.
He received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Note: Entered the service from Pennsylvania.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital, Philippines
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Sergeant, Robert H Burns. Served with the 30th Bomber Squadron, 195th Bomber Group-Heavy. Reported missing on November 7, 1942, the remains of the aircraft he was one was located on Papua, New Guinea, in 1998. From Pennsylvania, his name is located on the...(Read more)|
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