Robert Charles Bryan

96th Troop Carrier Squadron
440th Troop Carrier Group


Robert Bryan was born March 28, 1922 in Vernon, NY.
In 1940 he graduated from Stanford High School.
He enlisted on 5 October 1942 in Cincinnati, OH where he receive the Army Serial Number 15119094. And entered the Air Corps.
In August or September 1944, Robert joined the 96th Troop Carrier Squadron, one of the four Squadrons of the 440th Troop Carrier Group. At that time he held the rank of 2nd Lt. He was in time to participate in Operation Market Garden, the airborne invasion in Holland.

On March 23, 1945, Robert was promoted to 1st Lt. The day after, he piloted a C-47 (42-92614) towing a glider across the Rhine River. After this mission, a lot of resupply missions were flown.

Robert was discharged in December 1945 and got his commercial pilot license. After his discharge he went to the University of Kentucky and received his B.S. degree in agriculture in 1948.
Between 1952 and 1955 he served as a Captain in the U.S.A.F. as pilot and operations officer at Stewart AFB, NY. And as B-26 pilot in Korea.
He owned his own dairy farm from 1951-1960. Worked as soil scientist and agriculture economist first in Kentucky and then in the Washington DC area until retirement in 1977. He then worked part-time in Kentucky.
He was founder of the Lincoln County Educational Fund
He married Betsy Bradshaw and together they had three daughters.
Mr. Bryan passed away on 28 November 2009.

Special thanks to Margaret Champion, daughter of Mr. Bryan.
Left: Form B Loading Manifest (Glider) provided the details of the tow planes as well. Mr. Bryan saved his copy enabling to fill in some details.
This is for the Rhine mission, Operation Varsity, 24 March 1945.
A day before the Rhine mission, Lt. Bryan was promoted to 1st Lt. Note that the above shown Loading Manifest still shows the 2nd Lt. Rank.
Lt. Robert Bryan at the Joan of Arc statue at Orleans, France.
Top: Lt. Robert Bryan and Lt. Charles J. Graham at near the post office of Orleans.

Bottom: Lt. Robert Bryan and Lt. Robert H. Bellairs at the Loire river
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