15 February 1945 — Tinian, Mariana Islands
Robert M. Proctor (and aircrew)
Born in 1919 at Missouri.
Enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet (ASN: 12031862) on 11 July 1941 at New York City, New York. Completed Primary Flight Training and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant (ASN: O-435704). Underwent B-29 aircraft combat crew training at Fairmont Army Air Field, Nebraska.
On 23 December 1944, 1LT Proctor deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) and was assigned to the 20th Air Force, XXI Bomber Command, 313th Bombardment Wing, 504th Bombardment Group (VH), 398th Bomb Squadron; being stationed at North Field, on Tinian in the Mariana Islands.
On 15 February 1945, he flew as the Airplane Command Pilot in the left seat aboard a Boeing B-29 Superfortress ("Coral Queen") serial #42-63499. 504th BG aircraft were also identified by an "E" inside a “Circle” painted on the tail. It was one of 117 aircraft launched in a multi-wing Group formation to bombard the Mitsubishi aircraft engine plant at Nagoya, Japan.
On the return route back to North Field, his aircraft was forced to ditch, resulting in the loss of the aircrew. Last radio contact was at a geographic location of: 23 degrees 00 minutes North latitude, 144 degrees 20 minutes East longitude (approximately 570 miles north of Tinian).
KIA: Thursday, February 15, 1945