CPT Robert Holmes Smith

CPT Robert Holmes Smith

Birth
Harrellsville, Hertford County, North Carolina, USA
Death 21 Jan 1943 (aged 44)
California, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 8, Site 5114
Memorial ID 22385388 · View Source
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Legion of Merit, Bronze Star
Former Commander of USS Sperry (AS-12) Submarine Tender
Interred on February 9, 1943

Pan American Flight Airways / Flight 62100 a Martin M-130 Flying Boat "Philippine Clipper" NC14715 with a crew of 9 and 10 passengers departed Oahu Hawaii to San Francisco at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20 and arrived off the coast of San Francisco about 6:50 a.m. the next morning. Last communication with Pan Am's Treasure Island Base was at 7:22 a.m. It went missing for over a week. The Clipper had crashed and was located on January 30 about 7 miles south-southwest of Ukiah, 90 miles north of San Francisco and 22 miles inland from the Pacific coast, all on board perished. The accident was blamed on human error. Ironically, the Clipper had survived the Japanese Attack on Wake Island on December 7, 1941; with over 60 bullet holes in her, she evacuated 60 passengers later that day from Wake Island to Hawaii.


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  • Maintained by: Annette Epps Alva
  • Originally Created by: Lionel Alva, Jr.
  • Added: 22 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22385388
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPT Robert Holmes Smith (8 Aug 1898–21 Jan 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22385388, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Annette Epps Alva (contributor 46825363) .