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1922 1
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Robert H Meek 1
Level of Education: 1 year of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
1922 1
Ohio 1
19 Oct 1944 2
Near Milan, Italy 2
Cause: KIA on Combat Mission 2
Place: Cuyahoga County, Ohio 1

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
21 Oct 1942 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Component:
Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status) 1
Army Serial Number:
15130376 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft Hayes Columbus Ohio 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Enlisted Reserve or Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer 1
Semiprofessional occupations, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0188 1
Film Reel Number: 2.45 1

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Lt Robert H Meek, KIA 19 Oct.'44 340th Bomb Group/MTO, WWII


The B-25 SHIRLEY ANN of the 340th BG, 487th BS, Lt Robert. Meek, KIA
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Lt Robert H Meek, a B-25 Pilot was KIA on a Combat Mission on 18 Oct.'44 out of Corsica. Mission near Magenta Bridge, Milan, Italy. 

Robert H Meek JR, 01.03.2010

My Dad 2LT Robert H Meek was flying copilot in a J model tail number 7Z of the 487th BS flying out of Corsica on October 19, 1944 when he was hit and killed instantly by flak. Despite being wounded himself the pilot 2lT Wilbur Lentz got the plane back to Corsica and landed it. At testament to the B-25. I have before and after pictures and it was really shot up. Some day I hope to get my ride in one.
In their memory,  Robert H Meek JR  Colonel USAR (R)  Hickory, NC

Board of Directors, WWII Orphans Network  (See link under the Map)

Photo No. 3 Description; Lt Robt. Meek (KIA)'s Family

Dear men of the 57th, 18 May, 2010
Just wanted to share an event with you. On Saturday May 8, 2010 David T Meek youngest grandson of 2LT Robert H Meek (487th BS 340th BG KIA October 19, 1944 while Co-piloting 7Z “Shirley Ann” as left wing of the chaff crew for the 340 that day) was commissioned a 2LT in the US Air Force. David is being pinned by his mother Nancy and his older brother CPT Robert H Meek III US Army JAG Corps while his dad Col(R) Robert H Meek JR (who had just sworn David in) tell the audience about the fact that David was being pinned with his grandfather 2LT bars. David is the 4th 2LT Meek to be pinned with those bars starting with Robert Meek August 1943, Robert Meek JR June 1967, Robert Meek III May 2005 and David Meek May 2010.
I am very proud of my sons and think my Dad would be proud of his grandsons. David will be a Combat Systems Officer which roles about 4 jobs into one, navigator being one, so he will be a flyer and the bars return to the air via the US Air Force.
In their memory.
Robert H Meek JR
Associate Family Member Men of the 57th.


February 18, 2010 New York Times
Thomas Jefferson said that the “tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of patriots from time to time.” My father was 22 years and 7 months when he was KIA. I was still five months away from birth. I am one of the 183,000 children left fatherless by WWII. My Dad lies in equal dignity in the Sicily Rome American Cemetery in Italy. I have two sons in service now. My Dad never got to see his only child nor his grandchildren, but we are proud of him as I am of my sons. I am also extremely proud of the young men and women in section 60. Some of my fellow orphans Dad’s lie at Arlington, being repatriated after years MIA. I was proud to command the likes of these soldiers. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten so long as my family exist because my sons know the cost of freedom.
In their memory, Robert H. Meek JR Colonel USAR (RET)
Member and BOD the American World War II Orphans Network (
Proud Posthumous son and only child of
2LT Robert H Meek 487 BS, 340 BG 57 BW 12 th AF
KIA October 19, 1944 over the Magenta Bridge near Milan Italy
At eternal rest in the Sicily Rome American Cemetery

— Col. Robert H Meek JR    At the bottom...

Barbi Ennis Connolly, 57th Bomb Wing Historical Researcher, 319th BG and 321st BG Historian. 


Robert H Meek, KIA 19 Oct. '44


2013....   (Dad's Birthday 1 Feb.)    2013-02-13 Dear Men of the 57th

I should have sent this out to you yesterday, but simply forgot. Just wanted to let you know that one of your fallen members is still remembered by his children and grandchildren and his family continues to serve and defend this great country you guys saved from tyranny. Dad served in the 487th and was on his 11th mission when he was KIA. 7Z was flying left wing in the chaff element for the group mission that day. He had been "in country" about 7 weeks.

Today is my Dad's 91st birthday. He was born on Lincoln's birthday and his only brother (WWII Navy vet) was born on the 4th of July.

Thank you Dad and may you rest in peace knowing your descendants still serve to protect this great country you died for.

In his memory,
Robert H Meek JR
Colonel USAR(R)
Proud posthumous son and only child of 2LT Robert H Meek Co-Pilot of B-25 7Z "Shirley Ann" KIA over the Magenta Bridge near Milan Italy October 19, 1944 At eternal rest in the Sicily Rome American Cemetery Nettuno Italy.  Granddad to  Corbin E Meek   CPT Robert H Meek III USA JAG Office ISAF Kabal Afghanistan
1st LT David T. Meek USAF JSTARS Robbin AFB Warner Robbins GA just returned from deployment toQATAR  Great granddad to  Gwennie and Hudson.

God Bless our Brave Men and Thank you Robert for the Freedom we enjoy today.  Our Freedom was won at a very-HIGH price indeed.  Barbi Ennis Connolly  57th Bomb Wing Historical Researcher and Historian for the 319th and 321st Bomb Groups.

Robert H Meek, B-25 Pilot/KIA 18 Oct.'44


340thBG,487thBS, Lt Robert H Meek, KIA;

2LT Robert H Meek of the 487th BS who was KIA over the Magenta Bridge, October 18, 1944.  The wounded Pilot Lt _____ was able to limp the ship back to the home-base on Corsica.

From Robert's proud son;

Tribute for: Robert Meek (Cleveland, OH) Tribute left by: Robert Meek JR (Hickory, NC) Robert H Meek was born Feb. 12, 1922 just outside Portsmouth, OH. In the fall of 1941 he entered Penn State on a football scholarship. After Pearl Harbor he joined the Army Air Corp. He was stationed in Colombis SC where he met my mother Iris Corbin. They were married June 2, 1944, he left for Corsica on August 29, 1944 and was KIA on October 19, 1944. His son and only child was born March 20, 1945. I am always his proud posthumous son and only child Robert H. Meek, JR Colonel AUS (RET)

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