Robert James Vaughan

Sergeant Robert James Vaughan died on 3rd October 1942 when USAAF B17 bomber 41-24451 crashed in Co. Antrim in transit en route from Gander, Newfoundland.

Sergeant Robert James Vaughan served in 91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron, United States Army Air Force during World War Two. Born on 3rd April 1916, he was the son of William Thomas Vaughan and Dora May Vaughan of Sonoma, California, United States of America. Family and friends called him Bobby.

Sergeant Vaughan died on 3rd October 1942 aged 26 years old. He was a Gunner on a USAAF B17 Flying Fortress that crashed on Slieveanorra Mountain, Co. Antrim. At the outbreak of World War Two, Vaughan was an assistant hotel manager at 2425 Fulton Street, San Francisco, California. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in San Francisco, California on 12th January 1942.

Robert James Vaughan’s grave was first located in Belfast City Cemetery, Co. Antrim. All casualties of this crash were later moved to Lisnabreeny American Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Down. In 1948, this cemetery in the Belfast hills closed. Vaughan’s body lies in the United States of America. His name is on the Moyle Walkway Memorial on Slieveanorra and on a granite monument at the former Lisnabreeny Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Down.