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Robert Hanley Halpin


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.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb 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...


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


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

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

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