MCNAMARA, ROBERT JOSEPH, Second Lieutenant, # 0-2071016, USAAF
Robert J. McNamara was born on 6 February 1925 in Danbury, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, to Michael F. McNamara (1883-1951) (Kilcloher, Ireland – naturalized) and Mary A. (Lynch) McNamara (1884-1969) (Ireland). Siblings were Joseph Michael McNamara (1911-1997), Thomas P. McNamara (1912-1965), Mary Theresa McNamara (1915-1995), John Ambrose McNamara (1918-####), Walter James McNamara (1919-1980), Rita McNamara (1922-####), Raymond McNamara (1930-####).
He registered for the WWII draft on 8 February 1943, a student, resided at 19 Golden Hill, Dabury, CT, and described himself as 5’3 ½”, 115 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and was assigned to fly the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 27 September 1945 a C-47B, “Able Sugar,” # 43-16182, assigned 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 27th Troop Carrier Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed the airfield on an administrative flight to Hsian, China. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Saint Peters New Catholic Cemetery, Dabury, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.
His brother, Joseph M. McNamara, born 2 February 1911, served in the U.S. Navy, MM2. He died 30 October 1997 and is buried in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
His brother, Thomas P. McNamara, born 1912, served in the U.S. Army from 15 September 1943. He died 27 May 1965.
His brother, Walter J. McNamara, born 27 August 1919, served during WWII from 4 September 1941 to 24 October 1945. He died 11 August 1980.