Maher, Robert E., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1942
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

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Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
According to census data, Robert E. Maher was born in Roule, Nebraska on November 30, 1915. His parents were Thomas F. and Margaret Maher. The US Censuses 1930 and 1940 have the family residing in Santa Monica, California.

Maher enlisted on April 24, 1941 as an Aviation Cadet. His enlistment form states he had completed 2 years of college (unnamed), and was currently employed as semi-skilled driver of busses and taxis.

He completed the Aviation Cadet program, and was commissioned, awarded wings, and sent to transitional pilot school for multi-engined aircraft. Later, he married Elizabeth Burke in Idaho. He was later assigned to North Africa where he was rated First pilot and given a combat crew.

On November 28, 1942, the crew set out to bomb targets in the area of Bizerte, Tunisia. En route to the target, the formation was attacked by enemy fighters. Maher's aircraft was shot down, and crashed into the sea off Bizerte. There were no survivors, and no bodies were recovered.

Lt Maher is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial located in Tunis. bombardment group .cfm
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


Lt Robert E. Maher was the assigned pilot on B-17F # 41-24374, unnamed, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16038 was issued for this incident. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

1 Lt Robert E. Maher  p
2 Lt Roy C. Tobey  c-p
2 Lt Lee H. Adkins  nav
2 Lt Fred J. Graf  bomb
MSgt Edward C. Shackleton  eng/tt gun
TSgt  Frank J. Conlon  r/o
Sgt  Harry R. Alger  wg
Sgt  Max D. McNeil  wg
Sgt  Charles R. Goodwin  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Shackleton's middle initial is given as C. in the crew listing, but other records show "O" or "W."

No crew photo available.

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