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William B Roberts


Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-30130 'Klap Trap II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Hit by flak in the No 3 engine and exploded near Molenschot, Holland.



Units served with


  • 42-30130 Klap Trap II (Buggle Trouble)

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Presque Is 16/5/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-J] Andrews Fd 25/5/43 ALIA BUBBLE TROUBLE; Snetterton 12/6/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 7/1/44 with Roland Peterson, Co-pilot: Oscar Megginson, Navigator:...

Associated Place

  • 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...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois


Date Contributor Update
06 February 2018 10:08:42 Lucy May Changes to service number and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2018, 8th AF Losses; Snetterton Heath pg 89 and 97