Meder, Robert John, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF 1082-Pilot B-25
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF 1082, POW/MIA
Service Years
1940 - 1943


First Lieutenant

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cleveland, Ohio
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 11, 1943
Hostile, Died while Captured
Illness, Disease
WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 12, Grave 159

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World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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AAF Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air ForcePOW/MIA
  1941-1942, AAF 1082, 17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1942-1943, AAF 1082, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
WW II Doolittle Raider Crew#6 Co-Pilot
AAF Tail#40-2298 Take Off Order 6 Target - Tokyo

Robert Meder was one of the 80 airmen who, under the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle, disembarked from the U.S.S. Hornet in the first bombing raid over Tokyo in World War II. He was captured by the Japanese and held as a Prisoner of War until his death as the result of malnutrition and torture on December 1, 1943.

Pilot Lt.  Dean Edward Hallmark  Robert Lee, TX


 Oct 15, 1942   
 Co-Pilot Lt.  Robert John Meder  Cleveland, OH POW/KIA1 Dec 01, 1943   
 Navigator Lt.  Chase Jay Nielsen  Hyrum, UT  POW2 Mar 23, 2007
 Bombardier Cpl.  William J. Dieter  Vail, IA  KIA3 Apr 18, 1942   
 Eng/Gunner Sgt  Donald E. Fitzmaurice  Lincoln, NE  KIA3  Apr 18, 1942

Distinguished Flying Cross


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Robert John Meder (ASN: 0-421280), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Co-Pilot of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Lieutenant Meder with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
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