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Yap Island Mission Loss—12 November 1944

The following plane was lost on 12 November 1944 on a mission to Yap Island. I would greatly appreciate anyone's help to locate additional information regarding the information listed below.Submit additional information, updates, newpaper articles, pictures, and supporting documents to: pat@missingaircrew.com

Date: Plane Type: Unit: Crew Names: Supporting Documents:
12 November 1944 FG-1A
Corsair stationed at Peleliu

VMF-121, USMC
  1. 1st. Lt. Robert L. Gillis
Bureau na

USMC Narrative describing the loss of 1st. Lt. Robert L. Gillis

Description:

Crash landing at sea due to engine failure.

L1st. Lt. Robert L. Gillis
1st. Lt. Robert L. Gillis

VMF-121 Squadron Picture:

The following VMF-121 Squadron picture shows four of the Corsair pilots who were shot down over Yap Island in the fall of 1944 including, Lt. Allan J. Carmena, Lt. George O. Beall, 1st. Lt. Robert L. Gillis and Maj. William Jr. Clay. Carmena was rescued after ditching his Corsair, however, the other pilots were lost and are either listed as MIA or KIA.

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VMF-121 Squadron Picture
VMF-121 Squadron Picture-High Res Picture (3 MB)

VMF-121 Squadron Picture with Names
VMF-121 Squadron Picture with Names-Low Res

MIA/KIA STATUS: The following information was provided by the Navy and Marine causality offices:

PERMANENT CEMETERY LAST NAME FIRST NAME MI SUFFIX RANK SERVICE # DISPOSITION
MIA GILLIS ROBERT L   1STLT O 24719 Buried at sea/Missing

American Battle Monuments Commission Information:

  • Robert Lee Gillis
  • First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Service # 0-024719
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Entered the Service from: Nebraska
  • Died: 12-Nov-44
  • Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
  • Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
  • Manila, Philippines

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