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  F-84G-5-RE Thunderjet Serial Number 51-1040  
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USAF c1952
Pilot  Captain Jimmy P. Robinson, AO703522 (missing)
Crashed  October 31, 1952

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Assigned to the United States Air Force (USAF). Assigned to the 12th Fighter Escort Wing (FEW), 561st Fighter Escort Squadron (FES). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On October 31, 1952 took off piloted by Captain Jimmy P. Robinson on a mission to conduct nuclear sampling during Operation Ivy, Mike Shot, the first Hydrogen Bomb (H-Bomb) test. During the flight, this aircraft crashed into the lagoon off Enewetok. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as missing.

During World War II, Robinson earned the Purple Heart and Air Medal. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), posthumously.

Robinson was officially declared dead on November 1, 1952. His body was never located and remains missing. He has a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery at memorial section MC site 32-L.

Becky Miller (daughter of Robinson)

USAF Serial Number Search Results - F-84G-5-RE Thunderjet 51-1040
"1040 crashed and sank in lagoon at Enewetok, Marshall Islands, Pacific during nuclear sampling mission, Operation Ivy, Oct 31, 1952"
FindAGrave - Capt Jimmy Priestly Robinson (memorial marker photo)

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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