DEMING, ROBERT LINCOLN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-741781, USAAF

 

Robert L. Deming was born on 31 October 1915 in San Francisco, California, to Ernest Ambrose Deming (1883-1949) (CA) and Helen Agnes (Kearney) Deming (1887-1967) (Canada) (married 8 February 1912, King Co., WA). Siblings were Joseph Grove Deming (1912-1997) and David Deming (1917-1977) (CA). He completed four years of college. His father was a Vice President of a Flour Mill in 1940.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 26 February 1942, employed by the Metropolitan Building Co., resided at 921 11th St., North, Seattle, WA, and described himself as 6’, 160 lbs, with red hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Seattle, Washington, on 9 March 1942. He enlisted in the USAAF in Seattle, Washington, on 9 March 1942. He was trained as a navigator on the B-24 Liberator and earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40831, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow, for a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan (Formosa). This B-24 and another were shot down and crashed into the Sea of Takao. All crewmen were killed in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. Crew remains were recovered in late 1990s from a 7,000 foot altitude Kitten Mountain the Guangxi Region, China, and were buried in a group ceremony and burial on 21 August 2000 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 60, Grave 7927). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.