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2nd Lt. Robert William Lilley


Born: 21 June 1922 - Illinois

Parents: William & Myrtle Lilley

Siblings: 2 sisters, 1 brother

Home:

    - 1837 South Thirteenth Avenue - Maywood, Illinois

Education:

    - St. Eulalia Grade School

    - Proviso Township High School

         - Class of 1941

Occupation: 

    - Welder - Chicago Metal Hose Company - Maywood, Illinois

Inducted:

    - U.S. Army Reserve

        - 22 July 1942

    - U.S. Army Air Corps

        - 25 January 1943 - Fort Sheridan, Illinois

            - entered service as an enlisted man 

Serial Number: O-753145

Training:

    - Officer Candidate School 

    - Santa Ana, California

    - Kirtland Airfield, Albuquerque, New Mexico

        - qualified as a bombardier

Unit: 

    - 721st Bomb Squadron, 450th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 15th Air Force

Plane: B-24-H - "Deuces Wild" (another photo)

    - Serial Number: 41-29222

    - left United Stated from Florida

    - flew to South America

    - flew across the Atlantic to Dakar, Senegal, Africa

    - from Dakar the plane flew to Manduria, Italy

    - flight took twenty hours

Engagements:

    - 26 successful bombing missions over Austria

       - mission reports

    - 24 March 1944 - 27th bombing mission

        - Ball Bearing Works - Styr, Austria 

            - briefing - 6:15 AM

            - planes took off in poor weather

            - on way to Styr, "Deuces Wild" and another B-24, "Yankee Fury,"

               collided

            - crashed head-on into Adriatic Sea

            - both crews were lost

Missing in Action: 24 March 1944

Declared Dead:

    - 20 August 1944

Buried:

     - Tablets of the Missing - Florence American Cemetery - Via Cassia, Italy

Medals: 

    - Air Medal - 13 January 1944 - 23 January 1944

         - 1st Oak Leaf Cluster - 27 January 1944 - 10 February 1944

         - 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster

     -  Purple Heart


 

 

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