Hamilton County


S/Sgt. Robert Charles Fincham





Sgt. Robert C. Fincham, former 4-H club agent in Hamilton county but now a nose gunner on a B-24 Liberator with the 15th air force in Italy, has been awarded the air medal for “meritorious achievement in aerial flight while participating in sustained operation activities against the enemy,” according to an AAF dispatch received here by the Freeman-Journal.

Sergeant Fincham has participated in major attacks on enemy aircraft factories, oil refineries and other strategic targets in Romania, Austria, Germany, Italy and France, the dispatch said.

Source: Webster City Freeman, Webster City, IA - Oct. 19, 1944


Staff Sgt. Robert C. Fincham of Webster City received an honorable discharge from the armed forces, July 7 at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., under the army’s point system. Former Hamilton county boys’ club agent, Fincham had a total of 98 points. He had been in the service two years and ten months, serving with the air force in Italy for ten months as a nose gunner on a B-24. He wears the air medal and three oak leaf clusters, the presidential unit citation, the European theater ribbon, five battle stars and good conduct medal. His plans for the future are indefinite.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - July 10, 1945

Robert Charles Fincham was born Sept. 3, 1918 to Charles Leonard and Mabel Josephine Shepard Fincham. He died Dec 19, 1996 and is buried in the Gilbert Cemetery, Gilbert, IA.

Sgt. Fincham served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II with the 826th Bomb Squadron, 15th Air Force. He was a nose gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber.

He was awarded the Air Medal with one cluster and the distinguished unit citation.

Source: ancestry.com