was born JANUARY 18. 1922. He graduated
After he graduated from high school, he and his other moved
He was initiated into the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity on April 6, 1940
He joined the Army Air Force in 1943. His service number was 13150412 In August 1943 He was stationed at the Army Air Force Classification Center- Santa Ana Army Air Base - Santa Ana, California.
through March 1944 he was at Pilots Basic Training -
He later wrote, “It was a great feeling you can bet and the fact that I wasn’t nervous is a tribute to the thorough training we have received. Without my instructor, I found the lane much lighter and as a result had and as a result had to circle twice before I could set her down. The landing was good and he sent me out again. This time I gauged better and brought her in first shot in a good three point landing.”
Later he wrote, "We are very fortunate in that we have only one class here now so that only one half the personnel flying.
We have a main air base where all our planes are kept and five auxiliary fields to work from. As a result only a few of us have a field assigned each day and have all the room we need. We have no crowding, as there are so many areas and fields. Our flying area overall is about 1500 square miles so you can see we have all the room in the world. We are assigned an area each day and a field and thus it keeps us within safe distance of each other. You are in contact with the control towers by radio at all times and they tell you where you fly and if you're getting too close to anyone. Ye Gods, but they are bugs on safety. You can't get within a mile of another plane. There is no congestion as there was at primary and no chance of traffic pattern collisions. You land by radio. That is to say that you cruise to the field and instead of landing when you think it's safe, you wait and the control tower gives you a clearance and a runway and you know you can land without competition. It's a terrific system. This field has a record of no fatalities since the Cadet program began and a grand total of 20,872 flying hours since the last accident, which was a forced landing with no one worse than bruised. That is the West Coast Training Command's all time record. This is the foremost basic school out here. Moreover with only half as many men flying we have only half as many planes to look out for - Our planes are equipped well with instruments plus a new student training warning system. If you are flying the plane to slow, too fast, climbing too steeply, or putting too much strain on it a bank of red lights on the instrument panel light up and correct your mistake. It's really marvelous. In training flights you have an assigned altitude and no one else has the same one. You set your warning system on that altitude on the altimeter and if you aren't looking around and you leave that altitude the light goes on. As a result you could fly without even looking for other planes and never run into one."
In April 1944,
he went to Army school for Twin Engine Technique (AT-17)
When Robert was transferred to
Later he had an eight-day sojourn, which started at
Robert had a passionate interest in jazz and particularly
Glenn Miller. He was thrilled to be in
April 1945 – Robert flew on the last combat mission that the 8th Air Force flew. It was his 34th combat mission with the 92nd Group.
May 1945 – Transferred to the Staff of the 325th
After he came back from
After the war, Robert wanted to go into commercial flying, but his father didn’t give him the choice. He threatened to cut off all support to his mother if Robert didn’t go to law school. He hated the idea of becoming a lawyer. He was afraid he would turn out like his father.
He went to law school at
Gloria became engaged
Gloria Margaret Cassidy were married on
Marion Kathleen Jones was born December 16, 1952 and Carol Anne Jones was born May 12, 1954.
Robert joined the law firm of Rawle & Henderson.