Anderson, Robert Mortimer, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 4th Troop Carrier Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Ponte Olivo, Sicily (home base)
India (deployed)

Casualty Date
May 23, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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82nd Bombardment Squadron, Medium12th Bombardment Group, Medium4th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1942-1943, 82nd Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1942-1943, 12th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1944-1944, 4th Troop Carrier Squadron
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  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
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C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1944-1944, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
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"On the morning of May 23, 1944, C-47-A #42-23510, 4th Troop Carrier Squadron (Olbinski Group), lifted off from the airfield in Dinjan, India with the mission of delivering desperately needed mortar shells and supplies to Myitkyina. Ground crews from the 10 Air Force started working before dawn to load the twin-engine cargo aircraft with supplies. The flight plan listed Myitkyina (Union  of Burma, now Myanmar; Kachin State, Myitkyina District) as the intended drop zone. The Missing Air Crew Report described unfavorable weather conditions: 'ceiling 100 feet, visibility 1/4 mile and rain.' The Missing Air Crew Report on May 25, 1944 indicated that the plane was flying by instruments due to the conditions. The crew made a routine radio contact but the aircraft failed to reach Myitkyina. AAF officials subsequently reported the crew as missing and classified the cause of the aircraft loss as 'unknown." Source:

"Captain Joseph M. Olbinski, already a decorated airman (DFC and Air Medal with Oak Leaft Cluster for operations in the Mediterranean Theater) and a native of Chicago, Illinois was the mission pilot. Accompanying him were the rest of his crew and three members of Merrill's Marauders..." Source:

The other crewmembers were 1st Lt. Joseph J Auld, co-pilot; 1st Lt. Robert M Anderson, navigator; Tech Sgt Clarence E Frantz, radio operator; and three Army Privates who worked as drop crew members that day.

"There is an explanation of what happened to the plane that is based on the examination of the crash site including the remains of the plane. It appears that the plane exploded in air before hitting the ground. This was probably the result of enemy fire which pierced the skin of the plane and hit in the cargo area which had many rounds of mortar shells. This cargo ignited and caused the plane to explode sending parts of the plane to the ground...Source:
Based on the other crew members on his aircraft, who also served in the 82nd Bomb Squadron and 12th Bomb Group, 1st Lt. Anderson likely served in the European Campaign prior to his deployment to India.

Name: Robert M Anderson
Birth Year: 1915
Nativity State or Country: California
State of Residence: Georgia
County or City: Jenkins
Enlistment Date: 24 Jan 1942
Enlistment State: Georgia
Enlistment City: Fort Mcpherson Atlanta
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the war...
Component: Army of the United States
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Clerks, general office
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 70
Weight: 139"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,

The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of seven U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.
They are Capt. Joseph M. Olbinski, Chicago, Ill.; 1st Lt. Joseph J. Auld, Floral Park, N.Y.; 1st Lt. Robert M. Anderson, Millen, Ga; Tech. Sgt Clarence E. Frantz, Tyrone, Penn.; Pfc Richard M. Dawson, Haynesville, Va.' Pvt Robert L. Crane, Sacramento, Calif.; and Pfc Fred G Fagan, Piedmont, Ala.; all U.S. Army Air Forces. The remains representing the entire crew will be buried as a group in a single casket. Two of the men, Anderson and Auld, were individually identified. Anderson's remains will be interred with the group. Auld will be buried nearby. All are to be buried July 15 in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
On May 23, 1944, the men were aboard a C-47A Skytrain that departed Dinjan, India, on an airdrop mission to resupply Allied forces near Myitkyina, Burma. When the crew failed to return, air and ground searches found no evidence of the aircraft along the intended flight path.
In late 2002, a missionary provided U.S. officials a data plate from a C-47 crash site approximately 31 miles northwest of Myitkyina. In 2003, a Burmese citizen turned over human remains and an identification tag or bracelet for three of the crew members.
A Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team excavated the crash site in 2003 and 2004, recovering additional remains and crew-related equipment-including an identification tag for Dawson.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstancial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA-which matched that of some of the crewmembers' families-as well as dental comparisions in the identification of the remains...."
Source: New Release, Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (Public Affairs), Washington, D.C. July 1, 2010

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