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Robert Hanley Halpin

Military

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions, 19 x as lead ship tailgunner/ observer, 5 x as co-pilot and 5 x as pilot. Moved through ranks from F/O to 2Lt to 1Lt as pilot.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Re-enlisted in USAF serving in Korean conflict and rising to rank of Major.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Haven, CT 7 November 1910

Son of Daniel Bernard and Anna Halpin.

Enlisted 7 October 1943
Based Molesworth 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 26 August 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted 15 May 1951
Discharged USAF 4 December 1968

Honourable discharge.

Died Crown Point, IN 8 September 1983
Buried Saint Mary's Cemetery, Crown Point, IN 14 September 1983

Saint Mary's Cemetery
Crown Point,
Lake County, IN

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2019 12:08:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/606954009
https://www.fold3.com/image/555240973
https://www.fold3.com/record/9679663-robert-halpin
https://www.fold3.com/record/621406280-robert-halpin-1910
http://www.303rdbg.com/359halpin.html
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/120309763/robert-hanley-halpin

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster

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