43-23806         P40

 

On 6 August 1944, P-40N-21, # 43-23806, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 118th Tactical Reconnaisance Squadron, departed the advance airfield at Kweilin, China, at night with overcast, rain and 1-mile visibility. It was one of a flight of seven P-40s. It was last known to be over the Kweilin airfield. The pilot was Capt. Robert E. Gee, # 0-439703. The last to have radio contact with him were Maj. Ira B. Jones III, 0-789325, and Capt. Raymond V. Darby Jr., 0-727969.

 

Maj. Jones reported: He led the flight. At 10,000 feet, he crossed over the Kweilin airfield and instructed the flight to descend through the overcast and they were over the field. One overcast was 10,000-8,000 and the other 6,500 to 5,000. He landed. Capt. Darby reported: He saw 2 fires below him about a mile apart; 10 miles north of the airfield and 7-10 miles west of the town.

 

GEE, ROBERT EARL, Captain, # 0-439703, USAAF

 

Robert E. Gee was born on 28 September 1920 in Trout, Greenbrier Co., West Virginia, to Robert Edward Gee (1883-1950) and Maymie H. (Hanna) Gee (1890-1965). Siblings included Beatrice Virginia (Gee) Fitzwater (1918-1974), Lloyd Armstead Gee (1922-1948), Benjamin Franklin Gee (1925-2015) and Mary Jo (Gee) Dixon (1928-2017).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 15 August 1941 at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio. He completed flight instruction and advanced flight schools to earn his commission and pilot wings as a fighter pilot. He was sent overseas to 14th Air Force, China. On 6 August 1944, P-40N-21, # 43-23806, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 118th Tactical Reconnaisance Squadron, departed the advance airfield at Kweilin, China, at night with overcast, rain and 1-mile visibility. It was one of a flight of seven P-40s. It was last known to be over the Kweilin airfield. Maj. Jones reported: He led the flight. At 10,000 feet, he crossed over the Kweilin airfield and instructed the flight to descend through the overcast and they were over the field. One overcast was 10,000-8,000 and the other 6,500 to 5,000. He landed. Capt. Darby reported: He saw 2 fires below him about a mile apart; 10 miles north of the airfield and 7-10 miles west of the town. His recovered remains were buried in the Williamsburg Cemetery, Williamsburg, West Virginia. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

 

His brother, Benjamin F. Gee, born 5 May 1925, served in the U.S. Army, Private First Class, European theater of operations (England, Northern France, Ardennes, Belgium, Rhineland - Germany) from 21 September 1943. He died 1 June 2015 in Trout, West Virginia, and he donated his remains to medical science (West Virginia College of Osteopathy).

Capt. Robert E. Gee

PFC Benjamin F. Gee