669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

1Lt. Reece B. Robertson

Pilot,  O-750851

Prisoner Of War

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)

WWII-Medal

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  Born: 5-May-1920, Lovell, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Entered Military Service: Date: 24-Feb-1941 At: Lovell, WY
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 20949469

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 24-Dec-1944
Captured: 24-Dec-1944 15:00, Unknown, captured immmediately after landing
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12
Return Date: Before 30-Jun-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 28-Mar-1946
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 108461

Died: 29-Jan-2009, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry
Find-A-Grave


Obituary

Reece B. Robertson

Reece B. Robertson 5/5/1920 ~ 1/29/2009 Reece B. Robertson passed away Jan. 29, 2009 in Salt Lake City, from causes incident to age. He was 88-years-old.

Reece was born in Lovell, WY to Bryant Robertson and Amelia Harris, the oldest of three children. In his mid-teens he joined a cavalry unit of the Wyoming National Guard, because "I'd do anything to get off the farm." With the advent of World War II he switched over to the Army Air Corps and learned to fly, eventually becoming a bomber pilot in the European theatre. On his 39th mission over Germany he was shot down and spent the final six months of the war in the POW camp Stalag Luft I.

After the war he enrolled at BYU, where he met his wife Clara Simmons. They were married in Dec. 1946 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, and from this union was born their daughter Deborah Jo.

Reece earned a law degree from the Univ. of Utah and moved to Los Angeles, where he started a career as an attorney for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He remained with the INS for over 30 years and retired as a senior immigration judge. He maintained his service in the Air Force Reserve and retired as a lieutenant colonel, serving in the JAG office.

Following Clara's death in 1982, Reece married Alice Virginia Bee in 1987 and the two of them moved to Utah in 1990, where he was able to pursue his love of gardening. Reece and Virginia held various church callings together, including Family History Library missionaries and temple workers. They had over 20 years together before Reece's ill health forced his relocation to an assisted living center.

Reece was preceded in death by his first wife Clara and his younger brother Mark. He is survived by his second wife Virginia, his sister Elda Huling of Phoenix, his daughter Debbie (Steve) Baldridge of Murray, and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sat. Feb. 7, 2009 at the Brighton 7th Ward chapel at 2925 E. Bengal Blvd, Sandy, at 11:00 a.m., with a viewing commencing one hour before the service. Interment, with full military honors, will be at the Salt Lake Cemetery following the funeral. Cannon Mortuary funeral directors.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Sunrise at Holladay, Silverado and the VA Hospital for their loving care during the final six months of Reece's life.

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Published in Deseret News from Feb. 1 to Feb. 4, 2009.

Deseret News (UT) 1 Feb 2009, Reece B. Robertson Obituary, Legacy.com (https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?n=reece-b-robertson&pid=123543677 : accessed 13 April 2021)




MACR 11922 Details



Notes:
A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

Description:
Lt Reece B. Robertson's plane was hit in the right engine on the bomb run. He stayed with the formation and dropped his bombs even though his right engine was on fire. He peeled off from the formation after the target and started downward in a glide. One chute came out of the plane, which later crashed in a small town just on the German side of the bombline. Lt Robertson's gunner was Staff Sergeant Marine W. Cheney. Both are listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 175




Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
Yearbook
1940 Univ of WY
Yearbook Portrait
1940 Univ of WY
Pilot Portrait
Pilot Portrait
MACR Capture document
Newspaper Clipping
Casper Star Tribune
17-Jan-1945
Newspaper Clipping
Casper Star Tribune
28-Mar-1945
Newspaper Clipping
Casper Star Tribune
07-Jun-1945
Newspaper Clipping
The Salt Lake Tribune
07-Jun-1945
Post-WW II Draft Registration
17-Dec-1945
Post-WW II Draft Registration
17-Dec-1945
City Directory
1952 Salt Lake City, UT
Newspaper Clipping
The Salt Lake Tribune
01-Jun-1952
Newspaper Clipping
The Salt Lake Tribune
28-Jan-1955
Newspaper Clipping
Deseret News
28-Jan-1955
Portrait
Newspaper Clipping
Santa Maria Times
22-May-1962
Portrait
Newspaper Clipping
The Los Angeles Times
29-Jan-1980
Newspaper Clipping
The Los Angeles Times
29-Jan-1980
Veterans Day Commemoration Interview
Headstone
WW II Honoree




See also:
"Veterans Day Commemoration - 2003 Honoree Reece Robertson", Interviewed by Cadet Edward C. Atkins, Air Force ROTC, On-Line (PDF)


"Reece B. Robertson, Salt Lake City, Utah", 104 page Transcript of an interview by Benjamin J. Bahlmann, March 7, 2002, On-Line (PDF)


See Also:
Prisoner Of War (POW) Camps
Escape & Evasion (E&E) Reports
POW/E&E Terms and Acronyms
POW/E&E Sources, References, Resources