ROBERT L. JUNGKLAS, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Jungklas '43

Date of birth: June 14, 1919

Date of death: August 18, 1950

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Lansing State Journal on August 20, 1950:

Saginaw Pilot Dies in Crash

Tail of Plane Sheared Off In Mid-Air Collision

Quonset Point, R.I., Aug. 19 (AP) — The naval air station announced today that the fighter pilot killed last night in a landing accident was Lt. Robert L. Jungles, 31, of Saginaw, Mich.

He is survived by his wife; Mrs. June Reamy Jungklas, and a seven-month-old son, Robert L. Jungklas, Jr. of Saunderstown, R.I., his mother, Mrs. W. F. Jungklas of Saginaw, Mich., and a sister, Mrs. W. J. Fear of Parma, O.

He was born on June 14, 1919 at Saginaw, attended Bay City Junior college and the University of Michigan prior to his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1939.

Lt Jungklas was attached to Fighter Squadron 74, which is based at Quonset.

As a formation of 16 planes broke up preparatory to landing, another plane sheared off the tail assembly of Jungklas' F4U Corsair. His plane crashed between two hangars at the side of the field's landing strip and he was thrown clear and killed instantly.

A memorial service was held at the Naval Academy on August 18, 1950.

Unable to find a burial location or memorial marker, though the headstone application on his behalf indicated he was to be buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Saginaw, MI.

Wartime Service

The pictures below are all courtesy of Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. Much of Bob's wartime service was aboard USS North Carolina (BB 55); he reported aboard on September 2, 1942 and detached as a Lt(jg) on May 4, 1944.

One of the other men pictured, Harry Lee Arnest, passed away in 2009.

Entry Note

Many thanks to Mary Ames Booker, curator, Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, for her work on this page. She provided the pictures above, as well as locating the headstone application and article on Bob's loss.


Class of 1943

Robert is one of 79 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.