Veterans' Memorial Project

Robert Edwin Allen

Evanston, IL

World War II

College: Commerce & Business Administration

Graduation Year: Attended 1937

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 09/10/1917

Date of Death: 03/24/1945

Affiliations: Psi Upsilon

Lt. Allen served with the 43rd Squadron, 315th Troop Carrier Group. He was killed over Germany during the airborne crossing of the Rhine. A veteran of two phases of the war, he flew 50 missions from Africa as a ball-turret gunner on a B-17 in 1943. He had been flying from an English base since December, 1944, when he returned to Europe after earning his commission as a navigator. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 12 Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart. He is buried at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium, Plot A Row 38 Grave 48.

-taken from Illinois Alumni News, April, 1946, and May, 1946, and Web site above

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