Ronca, Robert Francis, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1963-1965, 1115A, 401st Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1942 - 1965
Officer Collar Insignia
Major

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Norristown
Last Address
England AFB, Louisiana (home base)
Da Nang AB, Vietnam (TDY base)

Casualty Date
Feb 19, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 093, Cemetery Unknown

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World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
From Month/Year
January / 1943
To Month/Year
December / 1944

Description
(New Guinea Campaign 24 January 1943 to 31 December 1944) After the loss of Buna and Gona in New Guinea, the Japanese fell back on their stronghold at Lae. Their attempt to reinforce Lae by sea in March 1943 met with disaster when American and Australian planes sank most of the convoy in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Salamaua and Lae then became the objectives for an Allied advance along the northern coast of New Guinea. Fifth Air Force bombers attacked airfields at Wewak, 300 miles west of Lae, to neutralize them. The Allies dropped paratroops at Nadzab, just beyond Lae. Enemy resistance at Salamaua broke on 14 September 1943; Lae fell two days later. In the months that followed, MacArthur’s forces pushed westward, capturing some Japanese strongholds and bypassing others. After taking Hollandia in April 1944, the Allies attacked islands off the northern coast of New Guinea, taking Wakde and Biak in May, Owi in June, and Noemfoor in July. Sansapor on New Guinea also was gained in July. Aerial attacks on the Philippines began in August, and Morotai was seized in October to provide air bases for the invasion of the Philippines. Allied planes also bombed the oil center at Balikpapan and other targets in Borneo and Celebes.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1944
To Month/Year
December / 1944
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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  32 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Gibb, Robert Duncan, Capt, (1942-1951)
  • Lambert, Mary Louise, 1st Lt, (1942-1945)
  • Pooyouma, Rex Gene, Sgt, (1942-1945)
  • Russell, William, SSgt, (1942-1945)
  • Sapp, Frank Wickham, MSgt, (1943-1967)
  • Standlee, James, Capt, (1942-1958)
  • Tucker, James, MSgt, (1942-1962)
  • Tynan, Helena T., 1st Lt, (1942-1945)
  • Wadsworth, Orville Dawahoynewa, Cpl, (1942-1945)
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