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Capt. Robert Marshall Glass
  1. Capt. Robert Marshall Glass1920 - 1955
Facts and Events
Name[1] Capt. Robert Marshall Glass
Gender Male
Birth[2][3] 17 December 1920 Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Alt Birth[6] abt 1924 Pennsylvania, United States
Census[6] 1930 Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States1109 Warlo Street
Military[3][5][7] 28 January 1943 Tuskegee, Macon, Alabama, United StatesWorld War II as one of the famous Tuskegee Airmen
Death[1][4] 24 January 1955 Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, United StatesMaxwell AFB


Biography

Robert Marshall Glass was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he attended public school. He graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering. Already a qualified pilot, he was one of the highly skilled and committed young men to join the 332nd Fighter Group of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Glass signed up at Tuskegee Army Air Field on 28 January 1943, and attended cadet school at Tuskegee. Charles "Chief" Anderson was one of his flying instructors at Tuskegee and Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., was his commanding officer. Glass flew P-39 Airocobras on escort missions first from North Africa, and then from Sicily for bombing missions in the Mediterrean theater of operations. In 1944, the 332nd FG transitioned to the P-47 Thunderbolt, and before the war's end, they flew P-51 Mustangs. He continued to serve during the Korean conflict.

He was a senior pilot with the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation and the National Defense Service medal.

His last duty station was at Wright Air Development Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. At the time of his death in January 1955, Captain Glass was at the Air Command Staff School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

His name is inscribed on the Memorial Honor Roll of the Air Force, Air Force Aid Society, Washington, D.C.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Alabama, United States. Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974; Index to Deaths, 1908-1959. (Alabama).
  2. Robert Glass, in Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index: Death Master File, database. (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service), 1955.

    Robert Glass: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
    Name: Robert Glass
    State of Issue: Pennsylvania
    Date of Birth: Thursday December 16, 1920
    Date of Death: January 1955
    Est. Age at Death: 34 years

  3. 3.0 3.1 Robert Marshall Glass, in NPS Legends of Tuskegee Exhibit, 18 January 2007.

    "Robert Marshall Glass
    Captain, US Air Force
    December 17, 1920 - January 24, 1955
    Already a qualified pilot, Robert Marshall Glass was one of the highly skilled and committed young men to join the 332nd Fighter Group of the Tuskegee Airmen. Glass was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he attended public school. He graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering. Glass signed up at Tuskegee Army Air Field on January 28, 1943, and attended cadet school at Tuskegee. Charles "Chief" Anderson was one of his flying instructors at Tuskegee and Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., was his commanding officer. Glass served his country in World War II and during the Korean conflict. He was a senior pilot with the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, EAME Campaign medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation and the National Defense Service medal. His last duty station was at Wright Air Development Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. At the time of his death, Captain Glass was at the Air Command Staff School, Maxwell Air Force Base. His name is inscribed on the Memorial Honor Roll of the Air Force, Air Force Aid Society, Washington, D.C."

    Portrait of Cadet Robert M. Glass in his Tuskegee Airmen Flight Training flight gear
  4. Robert Marshall Glass, in Extract of Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974 (Ancestry.com), FHL Film Number: 1908896, 2011.

    "Name: Robert Marshall Glass
    Birth Date: abt 1921
    Death Date: 24 Jan 1955
    Death Place: Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama"

    Extract of Alabama Deaths and Burials Index for Robert Glass
  5. Capt. Robert M. Glass, in U.S. Air Force News official website, 4 February 2008.

    "Glass flew P-39 Airocobras on escort missions first from North Africa, and then from Sicily for bombing missions in the Mediterrean theater of operations. In 1944, the 332nd FG transitioned to the P-47 Thunderbolt, and before the war's end, they flew P-51 Mustangs. He continued to serve during the Korean conflict."

  6. 6.0 6.1 Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States. 1930 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication T626), ED 2-384, sheet 23A.

    Living with parents Robert and Lucy. Age given as 6 years.

  7. Robert M. Glass, in Francis, Charles. The Tuskegee Airmen: The Men Who Changed a Nation. (Branden Books, November 1997), Pages 427, 444.

    Two by-name citations.