Robert Bernard Jezewski

Robert Bernard Jezewski

Birth
Death 6 Jun 1945 (aged 24)
Indonesia
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot B36
Memorial ID 59767495 View Source
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Robert Jezewski was an Avation Machinist's Mate Second Class stationed on the USS Pokomoke AV-9, a seaplane tender in Tawi Tawi, Philippines. He repaired engines and mechanical systems on the PBM-5 seaplanes at his base. On June 4, 1945 he rode on a PBM-5 seaplane bomber under the command of Lt DeLand Croze. They left Tawi Tawi on what was to be a 12 hour patrol. It was the day before his 24th birthday.

During the patrol the PBM-5 attacked and sank two Japanese merchant ships, however on the third pass the Japanese navy escort ship zeroed in on the PBM-5 and made several direct hits with antiaircraft fire. One shell exploded near the rear of the plane and Robert sustained a severe injury that blew off his lower leg and foot.

The aircraft was severely damaged and the pilot managed to make an emergency landing on the west coast of Celebes, now known as Sulawesi, Indonesia. The crew went ashore seeking medical assistance for Robert in an attempt to save his life. The crew set up camp and made Robert as comfortable as possible making a tent from a parachute to protect him from insects. That night, Robert died from loss of blood. The next day the Japanese ground forces attacked and the crew had to scatter and leave Robert's body behind. He was buried by local natives who later gave the U.S. representatives his grave location.

After the war his body was recovered and he was buried on January 10, 1949 at Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Robert was the son of Leo and Bessie Jezewski of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.