FINKS, ROBERT EARL, Technical Sergeant, # 16151830, USAAF
Robert E. Finks was born on 14 October 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, to Earl Vivian Finks (1881-1953) and Margaret Mary (Haley) Finks (1897-1972). Siblings included Mary Frances Finks (1919-1984), Elizabeth Virginia Finks (1920-1920), and William Thomas Finks (1921-1992).
He enlisted in the USAAF in Detroit, Michigan, on 4 December 1942. He served with distinction overseas in the China-Burma-India war theater. On 4 February 1945, a C-46A, “Believed To Be,” # 42-107386, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1306th AAF Base Unit, Karachi, India, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Agra, India. It carried two crewmen and thirty-three passengers. He was a passenger on this flight. Like many aboard, he was on his way home. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). One survived: TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs, 14th Air Force, who had a fractured ankle and possible internal injuries, and was evacuated from the jungle on 28 February 1945 to the 234th General Hospital. After recovery of the remains from a Military Airfield Cemetery in India, indistinguishable from one another, those who perished aboard were buried in common graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 6 February 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 1034 D & E).
His brother, William T. Finks, born 28 August 1921, served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWI from 30 December 1941 to 12 February 12947. He died 31 October 1992 and is buried in the Benzonia Township Cemetery, Benzonia, Benzie Co., Michigan.
His father served during WW I, rank – wagoner, Service # 2136934, from 13 June 1917 to 13 June 1919, in the 313 S.T., 350th Ambulance Co., 88th Division. He died 19 August 1953 and is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery, in Flint, Genesee Co., Michigan.