Robert L. Dyson

Robert L. Dyson

Ohio, USA
Death 8 Nov 1944 (aged 20)
Negros Oriental Province, Central Visayas, Philippines
Burial Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia, USA
Plot SECTION 88 SITE 4105C
Memorial ID 37302943 · View Source
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Staff Sergeant and aerial gunner on the B24L Liberator #44-41421, serving with the 371st. Bomb Squadron, 307th. Bomb Group, 13th. Air Force in World War II.

The B24's departed Noemfoor, Indonesia for a strike mission to Japanese held airfields on Negros Island, Philippines. The bombers were intercepted by the Japanese and came under intense cannon fire by the enemy fighter planes.

A photograph of Robert's B24 was taken at the exact moment the right wing folded up and the tail section disintegrated under the barrage of gunfire. Moments later the aircraft plunged into a mountain side at the northern tip of Negros and exploded. All aboard were killed.

Three days later that photograph appeared in many U.S. newspapers.

Following the war, the wreck site was found and the crew's remains recovered. All ten were interred in a common grave in Virginia on September 27, 1949.


1st. Lt. Walter A. Scalese, Pilot, Windber, Pa.
2nd. Lt. Stephen Fuda, Co-Pilot, Stanford, Ct.
Flt. Officer, Joseph E. Novakovits, Navigator, Bethlehem, Pa.
1st. Lt. Paul H. Phillips, Bombardier, Logan, W.Va.
TSgt. Chester E. Matz, Radio Operator, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
TSgt. Charles H. Neville, Engineer, Evansville, In.
SSgt. George J. Kacoyannakis, Assist. Engineer, Tyrone, N.Y.
SSgt. John T. Stough, Assist. Radio Operator, Jeanette, Pa.
SSgt. Robert L. Dyson, Gunner, Dennison, Oh.
SSgt. Michael P. Falcone, Gunner, Bangor, Pa.

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  • Created by: John Page
  • Added: 20 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37302943
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert L. Dyson (13 Apr 1924–8 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37302943, citing Winchester National Cemetery, Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John Page (contributor 47088673) .