Capt Robert B Kirkaldy

Capt Robert B Kirkaldy

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 13 Mar 1943 (aged 25)
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

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Memorial ID 56761436 · View Source
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Kirkaldy was the son of Thomas and Jemimah Kirkaldy, and graduated from Northeastern University's College of Engineering, Class of 1940.

He was navigator on a B-24D assigned to the Tenth Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. They were taking part in a mission of four planes to bomb the Pazundaung Bridge at Rangoon, Burma. The formation was attacked by at least seven Japanese fighters, and though the crews fought gallantly, the enemy succeeded in shooting down Kirkaldy's and another plane. They crashed into the Gulf of Martaban, a few miles south of Rangoon. There were no survivors.

He was from Dorchester, MA, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Massachusetts.



  • Maintained by: dfr
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56761436
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Robert B Kirkaldy (25 Jan 1918–13 Mar 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56761436, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209) .