Capt Robert Lee Coleman

Capt Robert Lee Coleman

Delaware, USA
Death 3 Dec 1943 (aged 23)
Papua New Guinea
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot SECTION 60 SITE 8770
Memorial ID 43598415 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing In Action" on the above date, He was not officially declared by the military as being dead until January 20, 1946 as shown on his headstone.

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Robert's remains, along with the remains of his entire crew, were recovered & identified in 2008. He was interred here at the Arlington National Cemetery on August 27, 2008.

His official status was then changed to "Killed In Action"

His name was first inscribed on the Tablet's Of The Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.

A "Rosette" was placed in front of his name in Manila to signify that his remains were recovered.

For his record at the Manila American Cemetery please " Click Here ".

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Husband of Marian Mote Coleman.

Robert, who resided at 1715 Rodney Street, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Captain & Pilot on B-24D "The Swan" (#42-40475), 63rd Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on September 3, 1941, prior to the war, in Wilmington, Delaware. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

He was married after his enlistment.

Robert was originally declared "Missing In Action" when his crew, while on a armed reconnaissance mission over the Bismarck Sea, did not return to base.

He had served in the Air Corps for two years and four months at the time of his death.

He was decorated with the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and a Purple Heart.

He also has a cenotaph in Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware.
For that record " Click Here ".

Service # O-789137

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Airmen who perished on
B-24D "The Swan" (#42-40475):

(Below links are for Arlington National Cemetery records)

Caruso, Albert J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NJ
Cassidy, Kenneth L ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, MA
Coleman, Robert L ~ Capt, Pilot, DE
Frank, Robert E ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NJ
Fraser, William L ~ T/Sgt, Gunner, MO
Miecias, Paul ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, NJ
Morgan, Robert C ~ T/Sgt, Gunner, MI
Schechner, Irving ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NY
Thompson, Joseph ~ Pvt, Gunner, CA
Wallinder, George E ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, NY
Ward, Ronald F ~ 2nd Lt, Observer, MA

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 27 Oct 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 43598415
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Robert Lee Coleman (7 Dec 1919–3 Dec 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 43598415, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .