42-66711         P38      MACR 3013

 

On 10 March 1944, P-38H-5LO, # 42-66711, assigned to 10th Air Force, 80th Fighter Group, 459th Fighter Squadron, Chittagong, India, departed the airfield to momb and strafe the enemy at the Anasikan airstrip. The P-38 was seen to crash five miles southwest of the Anasikan airstrip. The pilot was 2ndLt Robert G. Work.

 

Witnesses to the crash and death of 2ndLt Work included Capt. Verl D. Luehring, 0-429578, and 1stLt Hampton E. Boggs, 0-728557. Capt. Luehring reported that he was flight leader. 2ndLt Work was his wingman. They made a strafing pass on the target and 2ndLt Work’s fighter jerked as if it hit a wire, his left wing dropped, then hit a tree. The fighter flipped inverted then slow rolled aright. It then nosed down at a 10-degree angle and hit the ground. It exploded and burned.

 

WORK, ROBERT GAIL, Second Lieutenant, # 0-750754, USAAF

 

Robert G. Work was born on 9 November 1919 in Denver, Colorado, to Tom Gale Work (1882-1956) (TX) and Edna Pearl (Kuntz) Work (1891-1980) (CO) (married 2 December 1918, Denver, CO). Siblings included Glen Alden Work (1921-    ), Earl Norman Work (1924-    ).  Living with them in 1930 was his maternal grandmother, Anna Kuntz (1868-    ) (IL) (widowed from William A. Kuntz (1862-1914).

 

He registered for the WWII draft 1 July 1941, resided at 58 Washington, Denver, CO, employed by Miles & Dryer Printing Co., and described himself as 5’11”, 156 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in Denver, Colorado. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was selected to fly the P-38 Lightning. He earned his commission and fighter pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 10 March 1944, P-38H-5LO, # 42-66711, assigned to 10th Air Force, 80th Fighter Group, 459th Fighter Squadron, Chittagong, India, departed the airfield to momb and strafe the enemy at the Anasikan airstrip. The P-38 was seen to crash five miles southwest of the Anasikan airstrip. Witnesses to the crash and death of 2ndLt Work included Capt. Verl D. Luehring, 0-429578, and 1stLt Hampton E. Boggs, 0-728557. Capt. Luehring reported that he was flight leader. 2ndLt Work was his wingman. They made a strafing pass on the target and 2ndLt Work’s fighter jerked as if it hit a wire, his left wing dropped, then hit a tree. The fighter flipped inverted then slow rolled aright. It then nosed down at a 10-degree angle and hit the ground. It exploded and burned. His remains were not recovered. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Glen B. Work, born 9 November 1921, enlisted in the U.S. Army in Peoria, Illinois, on 9 November 1942.

 

His brother, Earl N. Work, born 23 March 1924, enlisted in Denver, CO, and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a Seaman (SC3C to SC1C), # 6187313, aboard the U.S.S. Bushnell (AS-15) in 1943, the U.S.S. New York (BB-34) in 1945, and the U.S.S. Point Cruz (CVE-119) in 1946.

 

His father, born 31 August 1882, served in the U.S. Navy, a Seaman, # 1974827, from 23 August 1902 to 10 November 1906. He died 26 August 1956 and is buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver, CO.