Carr, Robert Lee, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1945-1945, M 1055, 15th Fighter Group
Service Years
1943 - 1945
First Lieutenant

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tularosa
Last Address
Iwo Jima

Casualty Date
Jul 08, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Fort Bliss National Cemetery - Fort Bliss, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: B, 0, 338

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 Unit Assignments
78th Fighter Squadron  - Bushmasters78th Fighter Squadron  - Bushmasters15th Fighter Group
  1944-1944, M 1055, 78th Fighter Squadron - Bushmasters
  1945-1945, M 1055, 78th Fighter Squadron - Bushmasters
  1945-1945, M 1055, 15th Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
New Mexico College of Agriculture & Mechanics Arts
  1939-1943, New Mexico College of Agriculture & Mechanics Arts1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
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Robert Carr was a popular student and athlete at New Mexico A & M (now New Mexico State University).  He was called up to service in 1943 while still attending the university.

On 9 July 1945, 1st Lt. Robert Carr was shot down by a Japanese "Zeke" aircraft while making a straffing run on Hyakurigahara Airfield, Japan (near Tokyo). His aircraft was seen to hit the ground and burst into flame.

He served with the 78th Fighter Squadron, 15th Fighter Group, VII Fighter Command based on Iwo Jima, arriving from Bellows Field, Oahu in January 1945.  His unit flew the Very Long Range (VLR) missions from Iwo Jima, a distance of about 650 miles one way, to accompany B-29 raids over Japan and to make straffing raids against Japanese airfields. 

Following the War, he was interred in Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, Plot: B, 0, 338. (Previously interred in the USAF # 1 Cemetery, Yokohama, Japan.)
   
Comments/Citation
Notes/Links:

MACR 15694

http://hiavps.com/78th%20FS.htm
http://www.aviationarcheology.org/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=15694&Submit=Go

http://www.7thfighter.com/78th/index.shtml http://hiavps.com/78th%20FS.htm

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Carr&GSfn=Robert&GSmn=L.&GSbyrel=all&GSdy=1945&GSdyrel=in&GSob=n&GRid=468387&df=all&

http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/very-long-range-p-51-mustang-missions-to-japan-taxed-pilots/

Text:
Carl Molesworth, Very Long Range P-51 Mustang Units of the Pacific War, Osprey Publishing, 2006.
   
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