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2Lt Robert D Downes

2Lt Robert D Downes

Birth
Delaware, USA
Death 7 Sep 1944 (aged 29–30)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56767191 · View Source
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Robert served as a Second Lieutenant, 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corsp on July 1, 1940, prior to the war, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of automobiles and also as Single, without dependents.

He became a prisoner of the Japanese Army while fighting in the Philippines during the war in 1942. He was held at Japanese POW Camp 2, Davao, Mindanao, Philippines.

Robert was declared "Missing In Action" while a POW of the Japanese Army in the sinking of the "Shinyo Maru".

He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.

The Japanese ship "Shinyo Maru" was loaded with 750 U.S. POW's in the cargo holds. The U.S.S. Paddle (SS-263), not knowing that American POW's were on board, fired torpedoes at the ship off the coast of Mindanao and sank it. Some Japanese guards shot prisoners as they struggled from the holds after the attack or were in the water.

668 POW's died when the ship sank, leaving only 82 survivors. 47 of 52 Japanese guards also died.

His remains were not recovered.

Service # 0-431715

( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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Soldiers & Sailors who died on the "Shinyo Maru":
( Last name staring with: A through D )
( Last name staring with: E through L )
( Last name staring with: M through R )
( Last name staring with: S through Z )

Survivor of the "Shinyo Maru"
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( Above listings created by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56767191
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Robert D Downes (1914–7 Sep 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56767191, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .