In the year 1922, Robert Thomas Finn was born to Thomas and Louise Finn. He grew up all around New Jersey, with his final home being in 540 Cumberland Avenue in Teaneck. He was the oldest of the family’s six children. In 1941 Robert graduated from Teaneck High. Later Robert went to work for the New York City Central Railroad as a brakeman.
Robert enlisted into the Air Force in early 1943. On June 11th, 1943, Robert was promoted to private first class and accordingly enrolled at Kesler Field’s Army Air Force mechanics school, where he joined the 453 Bomb Group, Heavy, Air Force. Almost exactly a year later Robert was promoted to Sergeant. Finn was the aerial mechanic on his crew's B24 Liberator plane, nicknamed “The Jig’s Up”.
Sergeant Finn initially went overseas for a course to simulate air force combat. On September 9th, 1944, he and his crew went up from Scotland for a mission but did not return. Originally, Robert's whereabouts were unknown. Later it was revealed that Robert’s B-24 was flying supplies to aid the Norwegian underground when the plane had crashed into the Seljord region in Norway. His remains were found and on March 3rd, 1950, they were brought back to the states to be interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Keys, MO.
- 1930 United States Federal Census
- 1940 United States Federal Census
- U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
- U. S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962 for Robert T Finn
National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C.
- The Crew (photo)
- About the plane "War Bride"
- The Map
- The Accident
- The Crash Site (photos)
- The Memorial (photo)
Find A Grave Website