McKee, Robert W., S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF 611-Aerial Gunner (Nose Ball Tail)
Last MOS Group
Army Air Force
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF 611, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
Service Years
1943 - 1944

Staff Sergeant



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Long Beach
Last Address
Garvy

Casualty Date
Dec 17, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Hungary
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]


 Ribbon Bar

AAF Aerial Gunner Wings
Aero Weapons
Machine Gun

 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USAAF 15th Army Air Force
  1944-1944, AAF 611, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

776th Bomber Squadron, 464th Bomber Group, Heavy

SSgt. McKee enlisted in the AAF on 2 March 1943. He had worked at McDonneli-Douglas prior to his enlistment.

In the ETO, he served as gunner, but on his last flight he was the right waist gunner  and radio man on a B-24L (tail number 44-49073) "Ritz" (Red X) that took off from Pantanella, Italy with a crew of 11  to bomb enemy targets near Blechhammer, Germany. The pilot was Lt. Col. Charles F. McKenna, III.

The aircraft was  shot down near Lake Balaton,  Hungary near the small towns of Bhnye and Felsosegesd, apparently exploding. 8 men managed to bail out and were taken prisoner by the Germans.
 


TUESDAY, 12 DECEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):
75 B-17s and B-24s bomb Blechhammer S oil refinery, Germany;
Moravska-Ostrava, Czechoslovakia; and several targets of opportunity; around 40
P-51s and P-38s fly reconnaissance and reconnaissance escort.

TACTICAL OPERATIONS (Twelfth Air Force):
   In Italy, bad weather cancels all except 11 weather reconnaissance sorties.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR 10497 for B-24L (tail number 44-49073)

His remains were finally recoverd and were interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. His remains were discovered in 1992 in a cembery in Bohonye, Hungary.

   
Comments/Citation
Awards: DFC, Air Medal, Purple Heart, EAME, WW II Victory Medal.

McKee was born in Long Beach. He and his wife, Phyllis, were graduates of Garvey High School and had a son in 1943.

Links:

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/rwmckee.htm (remains found and interred in Arlington)
http://www.b24bestweb.com/ritz.htm  (photo of the aircraft in better times)
http://ray.mlwsw.com/macr/MACR_10497.pdf
http://ray.mlwsw.com/464-MACR.htm




 
   
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