Excerpted from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on this day in 1943:
SARASOTAN IS REPORTED LOST IN AIR ACTION
Word was receieved today by Mrs. Mellie L. Sudbury, 745 Wood Street, that her son S/Sgt. Robert E. Sudbury, has been missing in action over Europe since December 16.
Sudbury was on his way to Australia and action with Capt. Colin Kelly a bare month after he volunteered Jan. 7, 1941. Inducted at Camp Blanding, he was sent to Wichita Falls, Texas, and from there to Boston where he embarked on the Queen Mary for the South Pacific zone. While he was aboard, this vessel was reported sunk, but that later proved erroneous and he arrived in Port Moresby after a trip around the tip of South Africa.