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Lieut Robert E Roach

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Lieut Robert E Roach

  • Birth 11 Feb 1921 USA
  • Death 20 Jul 1943 Arizona, USA
  • Burial Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
  • Memorial ID 74165884

Omaha World-Herald, July 21, 1943

Lt. Roach, Basket Ball Star, Dies in Army Plane Crash

Second Lt. Robert E. Roach, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Roach, 522 North Twenty-Sixth Street, was killed Tuesday in the crash of his plane near Luke Field, Ariz. where he was stationed as an instructor.

The crash occurred at an auxiliary field 12 miles from Luke field when the control ship Lt. Roach was flying during training operations crashed. The gas tanks exploded when the plane struck, but the fuselage bounced free and the body was not burned. Lt. Roach was killed instantly.

Lt. Roach received his wings and commission in February. A pursuit pilot, he wanted to get into combat duty and had taken a special gunnery course, qualifying as an expert aerial gunner, to facilitate his transfer into combat duty.

Lt. Roach trained at Thunderbird, Marana, and Luke fields. He was retained as an instructor at Luke field after his graduation until May, when he was transferred to Fort Sumner, N.M., as assistant production line maintenance officer at the training school there. He returned to Luke field June 10.

He was graduated from Creighton Prep. where he was all-state and all-intercity league high school basket ball guard at Creighton and Omaha universities, was a member of the Omaha university team before going into service.

Survivors are his parents: sisters, Mrs. Edward Morrow and Mrs. Charles M. Garvey, Jr., Omaha; Mrs. William Diesing, Des Moines, and Sister Mary Rose Catherine, B. V. M., Kansas City; brothers, the Rev. Virgil Roach, S. J., St. Mary's, Kans.; Lt. William S. Roach, a Flying Fortress pilot, Hendricks field, Sebring, Fla.; Seaman 1c Thomas J. Roach, on fleet duty in the Pacific, and Raymond Roach, Long Beach, Cal.

The body will be brought to Heafey & Heafey mortuary here

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  • Created by: Loren Bender
  • Added: 29 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74165884
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Robert E Roach (11 Feb 1921–20 Jul 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74165884, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Loren Bender (contributor 47060026) .