1Lt Robert Philip Colgan

1Lt Robert Philip Colgan

Birth
McSherrystown, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 22 Oct 1944 (aged 24)
Myanmar
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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

Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56767030 · View Source
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Colgan was the navigator on B-24J #44-40992, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a five plane formation that departed Pandaveswar India to bomb targets at Moulmein Burma. Five minutes after dropping their bombs the formation was jumped by eight to twelve Japanese fighters. During the attacks Colgan's plane collided with one of the other bombers in the formation causing both to crash into the Bay of Martaban, killing both crews.

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

Colgan received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.


Gravesite Details Entered the service from Pennsylvania.

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  • Maintained by: dfr
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56767030
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Robert Philip Colgan (31 May 1920–22 Oct 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56767030, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209) .