|Death: ||Nov. 12, 1944, Italy|
Robert served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24L #44-49041, 344th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Portage County, Ohio prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on January 27, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in construction and also as Single, without dependents.
B-24L #44-49041 took off, as the lead bomber in a bomber group, from Lecce, Italy on a bombing mission over the Avisio Viaduct near Trento, Italy. The B-24 was hit by German ground anti-aircraft flak which sheared the tail section off causing them to crash. No parachutes were seen by other witnesses.
Robert was "Killed In Action" in this crash.
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His remains, along with the 5 others shown on his headstone, were found by the brother of Captain DeBottis (see his link for more) after the war. They were recovered in May, 1956 and identified. He was repatriated here on June 27, 1957.
Service # 35532555
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Airmen who perished on B-24L #44-49041:
Cobb, Dana W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NH
Bubnovich, Nicholas L ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, IN
DeBottis, Frank E ~ Capt, Mission Commander, NY
Harnish, Walter H ~ 1st Lt, Mission Navigator, NY
Hennessey, Raymond C ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, NY
Lehmann, Theodore S ~ Capt, Pilot, MD
Miles, Alan D ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, MI
Mulhollen, Donald N ~ 1st Lt, Mission Bombardier, PA
Robinson, John A ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, PA
Roosa, Robert D ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Stubbs, Donald G ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, IA
Young, Wayne A ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MI
Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
Special thanks to:
Hope for submitting this record for bio updates!
Leslie H Roosa (1898 - 1980)
Katherine Barbara Lechner Roosa (1900 - 1989)
Robert D Roosa (1923 - 1944)
Frank Leslie Roosa (1926 - 1998)*
Leslie H Roosa (1929 - 1973)*
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 34 Site 4922
Created by: Hope
Record added: Jul 30, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15086427