Veterans' Memorial Project
Robert Edwin Allen
World War II
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, 1946Submit additional information or comments