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Appleby, Robert S.

Rank and Name, Flight Officer Robert S. Appleby.

Unit/Placed in, 28th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, (Very Heavy).

Camp Fukuhoka #1

Renamed March 1, 1943, Renamed FUKUOKA POW CAMP Main Camp

Over 1000 American, British, Dutch, Australian, Canadian and Norwegian POWs were interned at Camp #1 during those years. Nearly 200 of those died here. “I would like to emphasize that the Fukuhoka camp was without question, excepting the hell ships, the worst experience of all POW camps was first occupied by British (300 prisoners) Dutch (10 prisoners) and American civilians taken on Wake Island (4 prisoners). More than 100 deaths in the group occurred in 1943, on 19 June it was Destroyed by air raid. And Every airman in the camp was executed for their duty.


Robert is born approx. on July 17, 1924 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Father, Clarence B. Appleby.

Mother, Thelma I. (Forgie) Appleby.

Sister(s), Virginia E. and Iona. M. Appleby.

Brother(s), Laverne E. Appleby.


Robert enlisted the service in Iowa with service number # T-138893.


Charles ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-29 were,

1st Lt. James E. Hewitt                Pilot * Executed as POW

F/O    Gerald E. Boleyn               Co pilot * Died in crash

F/O    Charles S. Appleby             Engineer *Executed as POW

1st Lt. John W. Gothie                 Bombardier * Died in crash

2nd Lt. Wayne A. Whitley              Navigator * Died in crash

S/Sgt. Ben Thorton                     Radio Operator * Executed as POW

T/Sgt. William N. Andrews           Radar Observer * Died in crash

Cpl.     Robert J. Zancker             Gunner * Died in crash

Cpl.     Frederick A. Stearns          Gunner * Executed as POW

Cpl.     Martin W. O’Brien Jr.        Central Fire Control * Died in crash

Cpl.     Robert R. Sawdye              Tail Gunner * Died in crash

Robert was on a mission to Omuta, Japan, when they were hit by Anti-Aircraft fire and crashed, the survivors made POW in Camp Fukuhoka and they were deliberately executed (beheaded) for the intention of surrender on Aug. 15, 1945, he is honored with an Air Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Robert is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.

Courts of the missing.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Rock Island National Cemetery

Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA.


Thanks to,

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com


For one of the planes in the 314th Wing, #42–94098 of the 28th Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group, this mission was only its fourth over Japan. The crew was still relatively green, having arrived in late June and having bombed Hiratsuka, a city southwest of Tokyo, on July 17 and two other cities by July 23. (FOOTNOTE: The crew was 1st Lt. James E. Hewitt, Pilot/Commander; 1st Lt. James W. Gothie, Bombardier; 2nd Lt. Wayne Whitley, Radar Officer; F/0 Charles S. Appleby, Navigator; F/0 Gerald E. Boleyn, Copilot; T/Sgt. William N. Andrews, Radio Operator; S/Sgt. Ben Thornton, Flight Engineer; Cpl. Robert J. Zancker, Central Fire Control; Cpl. Frederick A. Stearns, Tailgunner; Cpl. Martin W. O’Brien, Jr., Side Gunner; and Cpl. Robert A. Sawdye, Gunner. The observer, Capt. Louis W. Nelson, was a veteran bombardier who had completed twenty-five missions in Europe and went on this flight to assist Gothie. See “Testimony of Darrell O. Does,” enclosed in U.S. v Tomomori.)

Thanks to; POW Info, http://www.mansell.com

POW Camp Fukuoka, Japan
Hospital room
Drawing giving a sick-man a drink
Charles S. Appleby
Execution Airman
His rank Flight Officer
His unit 19th Bomber Group