Robert A. Jefferies, Jr.

NAME
Robert Arden Jefferies, Jr.
NICKNAME
“R. A.”, “Jeff”
MCSN
O-9678
HOME OF RECORD
5705 Vanderbilt Avenue, Dallas, TX
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Emalu O’Neal Jefferies
DATE OF BIRTH
November 7, 1919
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
July, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
September 5, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA (Declared Dead)
September 6, 1943
UNIT
VMF-224
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Second Lieutenant Jefferies was a pilot flying with VMF-224, part of the Cactus Air Force based out of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. On the morning of 5 September 1942, he takes part in an eight-plane strafing mission against Japanese barges landing infantry reinforcements near Visale.The Japanese return fire with their rifles and small arms; several bullets hit “Jeff’s” fighter (F4F-4  BuNo 5047) and disable the engine. The Wildcat plows into the water and explodes on impact. No trace of Lieutenant Jefferies is seen, and he is “presumed definitely lost” by other members of his squadron. He was officially declared dead on 6 September 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Second Lieutenant
posthumous promotion to Captain
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Resthaven Memorial Park, Lubbock, TX
Manila American Cemetery

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Robert Jefferies (highlighted) with other members of VMF-224.

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