FIRST LIEUTENANT ROBERT PRESS DAVEY JR, was born on March 26, 1921 in Philadelphia PA, the first child of Dr. Robert P. and Sara Davey. His father was a dentist with a practice in Camden NJ. Dr. Davey served as the mayor of Clementon NJ in the late 1930s, and was at one time president of the Lower Camden County Board of Education. Robert Davey Jr.'s grandfather had been the mayor of Haddon Heights NJ early in the 20th century.
Robert P. Davey Jr. grew up in Haddon Heights, where the family lived in 1930 at 203 Station Avenue, later moving to 229 Gibbsboro Road in Clementon.
Robert P. Davey Jr. graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1939, where he was a South Jersey interscholastic swimming champion while there. He entered Rutgers University in September of 1939, where he was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity, and was in his third year of schooling when he entered the nation's service in February of 1942. He had been a member of the school ROTC unit, but chose the Navy, where he was enrolled as a Marine air cadet.
Davey Jr. joined the Marine Corps, and qualified for flight school. He
completed his pre-flight training in Chapel Hill NC in September of
1942, and was sent for his primary
training at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. From there he went to Pensacola FL for his
advanced training in December of `1942. He saw further duty at Barin
Field AL, before being finally transferred to the Marine Corps base at
El Centro CA, where he became a fighter pilot with 216th Marine Fighter
Squadron, also known as VMF-216, flying the Chance-Vought F4U Corsair.
Lieutenant Davey Jr. was killed when his plane was damaged by the enemy in Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. The damage caused him to veer off the runway and crash into a fuel truck, on December 27, 1943. He had written home shortly before his death, stating that he expected to get some leave time, and expressed the desire to visit Australia. He was survived by his parents, who by then had moved to 229 Gibbsboro Road in Clementon NJ, a brother, and a sister.
|Camden Courier-Post * February 22, 1938|
|Robert P. Davey Jr. - William Sachleben|
|Camden Courier-Post * June 17, 1942|
|Robert Press Davey Jr.||William J. Muldoon||Francis Madajewski||Arthur J. Ward Jr.|
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