Keen, Robert James, Lt Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 56th Fighter Group
Service Years
1942 - 1972
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Jacksonville, Florida
Last Address
Sumter, South Carolina

Date of Passing
May 29, 1992
 
Location of Interment
Evergreen Memorial Park - Sumter, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 6 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, plus 1 probable, 1 damaged, and 4 destroyed on the ground. One source says that in 2002 his victory record was corrected to 7 aerial and 7 on the ground.
 
His DSC citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Air Corps) Robert J. Keen (ASN: 0-810513), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 13 May 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Lieutenant Keen alone with his flight of fighter aircraft, unmindful of the overwhelming odds, courageously attacked 30 FW 190's, which were positioning for a pass at a box of B-17 bombers, and immediately destroyed one. So closely did he press his attack that no sooner had he set his sights on another enemy and fired than the German bailed out. Lieutenant Keen now found himself separated from his flight, yet despite the fact that he was alone, deep in enemy territory and surrounded by hostile planes he disregarded his personal safety and engaged and destroyed two more FW 190's. So great was his will to destroy the enemy that he refused to disengage from the enemy until his final rounds of ammunition were expended. The skill, aggressiveness and heroism displayed by Lieutenant Keen on this occasion reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 43 (July 15, 1944)

Action Date: 13-May-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: 61st Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 56th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

   
Other Comments:
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http://www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/56th_Operations_Group
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/192271
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/173749844/robert-j.-keen
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/117134247/robert-james-keen
https://www.ancestry.com
   
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 Unit Assignments
61st Fighter Squadron  - Zemke's Wolfpack56th Fighter Group
  1944-1944, 61st Fighter Squadron - Zemke's Wolfpack
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 56th Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Air Command and Staff CollegeArmy War College
  1957-1961, Air Command and Staff College
  1961-1962, Army War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  F-84 Thunderjet  
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)7
  1952-1957, F-84 Thunderjet
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