Robert C. von Luehrte was born on April 28, 1923. He served in the 40th Troop Carrier Squadron as a First Lieutenant in World War II. During the Berlin Airlift, he was a crew member on the C-54 #42-72476 aircraft.
On July 12, 1949, a night cargo flight from Celle AFB to Berlin-Gatow Airport, the crew encountered technical problems with both right engines (number three and four). The pilot lost control of the aircraft that crashed in a field located in Hohengöhren. All three crew members were killed. The aircraft was carrying a load consisting of ten tons of coal. 1LT Luehrte is buried now in the Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Kenton County, Kentucky, USA.
Crew of the C-54 #42-72476:
1LT Robert C. von Luehrte
2LT Donald J. Leemon
TSGT Herbert F. Heinig