Second Lieutenant Robert Anthony Kist (O-821410) served in 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Center, 8th United States Army Air Force during the Second World War. Born on 28th November 1921, he was the son of William F. Kist and Josephine M. Kist of Hamilton County, Ohio, U.S.A.
Robert enlisted on 17th February 1942 at Building 875, 7370 Minuteman Way, Lockbourne, Ohio, U.S.A. and was based at Toome Airfield, Co. Antrim from June 1944 – July 1944. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Kist died on American Independence Day, 4th July 1944 while serving as a co-pilot on B-26B #41-18072. The plane crashed tail first in a peat bog on high ground in Co. Antrim while on a short navigational flight from Toome Airfield.
Burial first took place at Lisnabreeny American Military Cemetery, Belfast on 5th July 1944. After the war, Kist was repatriated to Section 25, Lot 279, Grave 1 of St. Mary’s Cemetery, St. Bernard, Hamilton County, Ohio, U.S.A.