From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Dwyer '41

Date of birth: September 4, 1917

Date of death: December 8, 1944

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


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.

Robert is buried in Texas; he was survived by his wife, the former Maxine Stenberg, father Franklin "Frank", and mother Leona.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

April 1941

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command:

Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg David Taylor, Jr. '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5)

Class of 1941

Robert is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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