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Steele M Roberts

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POW crashed near Schieben on 19 Mar 45 in B-17 #44-8704. Came down SW of Calau. On the following day Sgt. Roberts was escorted by Germans to the churchyard of a small town where his comrades were lain out in a wagon prior to burial.

"T-Sgt Steele F. Roberts preceeded me in jumping from forward escape hatch. Sgt. Roberts flying as top gunner was first one aware of our peril and after being certain he could no longer assist pilot, dove to catwalk under pilot compartment, released door and jumped."

"Sgt Roberts after capture, was taken to a small Church yard outside of a small unknown town, and was asked by his captors to identify the bodies of eight men. He did not tell his captors that they were members of his aircrew but satisfied himself beyond a doubt that these men were members of his crew. The above mentioned officer was positively identified as one."

Service

People

  • Howard Brown

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Oct 1944. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and caught more. We also we

  • David Thomas

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #448704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and caught ...

  • Martin Zajicek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #44-8704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and caught [......

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 44-8704

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/44; Hunter 17/12/44; Dow Fd 5/12/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG Snetterton 22/1/45; Missing in Action Jena Opt Wks 19/3/45 with Capt Francis Jones, Co-pilot: Dave Thomas, Bombardier: George Vandruff, Radio Operator: Herb Rotfeld,...

Associated Place

  • Eccles

    Military site : non-airfield
    Exact location unknown - centred on the Eccles Road area adjacent to Snetterton Heath 138. There is an active, but un-manned railway station there that would probably have been used in Eccles proposed capacity as a Strategic Air Depot Area. However,...

  • Snetterton

    Military site : non-airfield

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA 1921
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 15 August 1942

Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 19 March 1945
Died Sewickley, PA 15143, USA 11 February 2000

Steele M. Roberts, 78, of Sewickley, on Friday, Feb. 11, 2000. Beloved husband of Mary Speidel Roberts; father of Steele M. Jr. and E. Dexter Roberts; brother of Olive Roberts Kuhn and Joseph L. Roberts; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in Christ Church at Grove Farm, 243 Duff Road, Ohio Township, Sewickley, Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. John Guest officiating. Arrangements by R.D. COPELAND'S IRVINE CHAPEL, 702 Beaver St., Sewickley.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2020 01:06:27 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2018 01:25:33 kneelhurst Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations and place associations
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Added information from MACR report

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13571 / MACR 13571; Snetterton Falcons, pg 187, 239 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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