Robert Middlemas was born in Englewood, NJ on 10/27/1925 to Florence and Gordon Middlemas. He grew up as an only child. By 1930 the family was living in Teaneck, NJ. Robert attended Teaneck High School and graduated in 1943. He was a member of the High School Wrestling and Soccer teams. His nickname in High school was “Mouse”. Robert was described in his High School Yearbook as having enjoyed playing all sports, especially baseball. He was described as valuing good sportsmanship and it is noted that enjoyed the book Berlin Diary.
Robert enlisted in the Army in 1944. He served as a Sergeant in the Army Air Force 498th Bomb Group, 873rd Squadron.
Sergeant Middlemas was killed in action on 4/29/45 when his B-29 bomber was attacked by Japanese fighter planes while he was on a mission to bomb Nyakanjo Airfield in Kyushu, Japan .He was serving at the time as an aerial gunner.
This courageous airman is buried in a grave with his fellow airmen at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Missouri. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Air Medals.
High School Yearbook
- 1930 United States Federal Census
- 1940 United States Federal Census
- U. S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1945
- U. S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962 for Robert C. Middlemas
fold3.com (Historical Military Records)
National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C. Website
Find A Grave Website
- Sgt Robert C Middlemas - Robert served as a Sergeant on a B-29, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He enlisted in the Army on January 12, 1944 at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Office machine operator and also as Single, without dependents.
He attended and graduated from the Teaneck High School, Teaneck, New Jersey.
He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on March 8, 1945,
Robert was "Killed In Action" during a flight from Saipan to Kyushu, Japan when his B-29 was shot down by enemy aircraft. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He may also have been awarded the Air Medal.
He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on August 8, 1949.