Maj Robert N Keatts

Birth
Death 8 May 1943
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until December 17, 1945.

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Husband of Jean H. Keatts who resided in Moscow, Idaho.

Robert served as a Major & Pilot on B-17F "Fighting Swede" #41-24520, 63rd Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Latah County, Idaho prior to the war.

B-17F #41-24520 took off from Jackson Drome, Central Province, Papua New Guinea on a reconnaissance mission over Madang Province, Papua New Guinea.

They later reported, via radio, that they were 50 miles north of Madang Province. They were not heard from and did not return to base. The entire crew of 10 was lost on this mission.

Robert was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-381156

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Airmen who perished on B-17F #41-24520:

Bates, William S ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, NY
Beerwert, Dilman J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IN
Goodwin, Frank D, Jr ~ Pfc, Photographer, TN
Kachigian, Charles ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, PA
Keatts, Robert N ~ Maj, Pilot, ID
Mannion, John T ~ Corp, Radio Operator, NY
Murnane, John P ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, NY
Parker, Bernard E ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, KS
Tennant, Richard G ~ M/Sgt, Bombardier, WV
Ward, William E ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, CA

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56761313
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Robert N Keatts (unknown–8 May 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56761313, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .