ROBERT F. DWYER, LT, USN
Robert Dwyer '41
Date of birth: September 4, 1917
Date of death: December 8, 1944
From the 1941 Lucky Bag:
Life & Loss
From VPNavy! USN, USMC, USCG and NATS Patrol Aircraft Lost or Damaged During World War II - Listed by Bureau Number by Douglas E. Campbell:
On 8 December 1944 LT Dwyer was assigned to VPB-2 Operational Training Unit #2 (OTU#2) and had taken BuNo 29760 out of NAS Lake City, FL, for bounce instruction at NAS Lake Butler, FL. In a seaplane, once the pilot has sufficient speed to raise the plane onto its step, the seaplane can begin to bounce from one wave crest to the next, raising its nose higher with each bounce, so that each successive wave is struck with increasing severity. To correct this situation and to prevent a stall, smooth elevator pressures is used to set up a fairly constant pitch attitude that allows the seaplane to skim across each successive wave as speed increases - or skim from crest to crest. LT Dwyer stalled in his turn during the landing approach and crashed and burned approximately 3 miles ESE of Lake Butler. The crew were killed: Pilot LT Robert F. Dwyer; ENS John L. Birong; ENS John M. Archambeault; and AMM3c Robert D. Hegfener.
He is buried in Texas.