Robert served as a Staff Sergeant and Asst. Radio Operator on B-24J (#44-40929), 372nd Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant on July 15, 1944.
He resided in New York State prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on May 19, 1941, prior to the war, in New York City, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Skilled mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.
Robert was "Killed In Action" during the war and was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in Manila, Philippine Islands and was later repatriated here on January 16, 1950.
Service # 12027987
Crew who perished on B-24J (#44-40929):
Bennett, Leonard C, S/Sgt, Gunner, Illinois
Harrison, Fred K, 1st Lt, Navigator, Louisiana
Hanan, Roy E, T/Sgt, Engineer, Oklahoma
Hinton, J. W., LTC, Pilot, Texas
Hritz, Henry J, T/Sgt, Radio Operator, New Jersey
Jones, Robert M, 1st Lt, Bombardier, Vermont
Patrick, Herbert N. F., 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, California
Podewils, Robert H, S/Sgt, Asst. Radio-Op, New York
Shea, Francis E, S/Sgt, Gunner, Kansas
Westlund, George H, S/Sgt, Asst Engineer, Minnesota
Wong, Thomas Y., Sgt, Gunner, New York
(Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett)
SSGT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
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