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Lt Robt. Killian, WWII 310th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Squad


310thbG,381stBS, Lt Robert F Killian
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Lt Robert Faherty Killian;

Robert Faherty Killian
Birth:  5 May 1922 - Perryville, Perry, Missouri, USA
Marriage:  7 Jul 1943 - Perry, Missouri
Death:  13 Aug 1977 - Rolla, Missouri, USA
Parents:  William Joseph Killian, Blanche C. Faherty
Birth  5 May  1922
Perryville, Perry County, Missouri, USA

January 1942 Military, Age 19
Join the US Army Air Corps. Completed Flying School and was a B-25 Bomber pilot. Served in the European Theater, where he flew 57 missions. He was shot down over Italy on his last mission, but evaded capture.


PILOT: 1st Lt. Robert F. Killian, O-675435
Bombardier: S/Sgt. Frederick U. Nelson 17036077
310th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Squadron....B-25J A/C# 43-4087
22 June 1944...Bombing Mission Target was Vernio North Viaduct
Piombino, Tuscany, Italy...6 Parachutes were seen to open......

Marriage to Lora Marie Modde
on 7 Jul  1943
in Belgigine, Perry County, Missouri

1943 wedding picture has Robert in uniform.  Robert's children were born at Air Force Bases.

Retired from Air Force as a Major, in March 1962, at age 39, after serving with distiction in WWII, and Korea.
Enjoyed a 3 1/2 year tour in England.

Robert and Lora had 7 children, 4 daughters and 3 sons.

Death:  13 Aug 1977 ...Age: 55 ...Rolla, Missouri, USA

Citation Information ...Transcription of text
Detail ...Page 90 of "From Belgium to the Mississippi - The Family of Francies Bernard Modde" by Alice Carroll Bert and Iva Lea Modde Baebler (1986).

Robert F. Killian ...Birth:  May 1, 1922 ...Death:  Aug. 13, 1977


Burial: Fort Leonard Wood Post Cemetery
Fort Leonard Wood, Pulaski County, Missouri, USA

1930 Census/Central/Perry County/MissouriRoll: 1217/ED-9/Page: 22B
Household Members: Name Age
William J Killian/Head of Household/49
Blanche C Killian/Wife/48
William J Killian/Son/12
Nina Killian/Daughter/10
Robert Killian/Son/7
James Killian/Son/5

Compiled by Researcher, Patti Johnson 57th BW Historical Researcher and History Team-member with Patti and John Fitzgerald.

Robert Killian


Graduation Portrait, Lt Robt. Killian
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From Greg Zwieg;
Robert Killian War Record   Mon, 13 Jun 2011
    I am Robert Faherty Killian's son-in-law, and would be very much interested in participating in the web-site, even with some pictures, stories, etc.  Bob married and had seven children, of which the three boys that have much of his military mementoes.     I believe he was shot down twice during the war, once when behind enemy lines where he was hidden by the Italian underground.  He had been missing long enough for his young wife Lora to receive a "missing in action" telegram.   After the war, he remained in the Air Force, flying bombers until retirement ~1962.  Besides serving in Europe, he was stationed at Eckland AFB, Ft Walton Beach; Scott AFB; an air base England, and New York.  He and Lora settled in Rolla, Mo. and raised their seven children.  He made his living selling insurance with Equitable Insurance Company, primarily at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.  Bob had a heart attack and died August 13, 1977.  Bob and Lora have 25 grandchildren.  Lora still resides in Rolla, Mo.

Greg Zweig (Patti Johnson, 57th BW Historical Researcher)  I have Robert on my tree because he is related to my daughter-in-law, Nicole Devenyns. I got an ancestry message from Patti Johnson asking for permission to put information on Robert on a website. I thought you might know of some living relatives that might want to contact Patti. Her message to me was as follows:
I am a researcher with the 57th Bomb Wing, and Robert F. Killian, was one of OUR Pilots. I have added a comment to your tree, regarding (then) 1st Lt. Killian's Mission, when his plane was shot down. We would like the family's
permission and participation in honoring him at the 57th BW website.
Thank you. God Bless. Patti       Robert Faherty Killian (1922-1977)  

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