2LT Robert D Chapin Jr.

2LT Robert D Chapin Jr.

Connecticut, USA
Death 3 Nov 1943 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, Robert was not officially declared by the military as being dead until December 15, 1945. The actually date of his passing is currently unknown. ( see below )

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Robert served as a Second Lieutenant & Navigator on B-25G #42-64850, 823th Bomber Squadron, 38th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Hartford County, Connecticut prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 23, 1942 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of automobiles and also as Single, without dependents.

Robert was declared "Missing In Action" when his
B-25 was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and crashed into Astrolabe Bay, New Guinea during the war.

There were reports that the crew was seen in a raft and they were possibly shot by the Japanese soldiers on the Island of Bili Bili.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 0-671281

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Airmen who perished on B-25G #42-64850:

Anagnos, Theodore ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, MI
Boykin, Johnnie R ~ Sgt, Gunner, NM
Chapin, Robert D, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, CT
Newland, Otis T ~ FO, Co-Pilot, TX
Smith, Richard ~ FO, Pilot, NY

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

Special thanks to: Tim Cook
for submitting this record for bio updates!


Gravesite Details Entered the service from Connecticut; ASN O-671281


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  • Originally Created by: Tim Cook
  • Added: 29 Jun 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 113069152
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Robert D Chapin Jr. (1921–3 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 113069152, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .