ROBERTS, HARRY HOOVER, Flight Officer, # T-184020, USAAF
Harry H. Roberts was born on 21 March 1910 in San Diego, San Diego Co., California, to Harry F. Roberts (1872-1962) (KS) and Sarah Elizabeth (Hoover) Roberts (1880-1966). Siblings were Viola Roberts (1910-1910), Walter Lewis Roberts (1912-1951), Elizabeth Pearl Roberts (1913-1922), Cedelia Marie (Roberts) Ashley (1915-2011) and Dorothy Eleanor (Roberts) Hutton (1918- ). He was married to Vivian Bertha (Benny) Roberts (1910-1985) (KS) on about 14 June 1932 in Yuma, Arizona, and they had a daughter, Joan K. (Roberts) Atkisson (1935- ).
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by Cudahy Packing Co., resided at 1876 National Ave., San Diego, CA, and described himself as 5’10”, 182 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was appointed a Flight Officer and trained to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando as a multi-engine rated pilot. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 June 1945 a C-46A Commando, # 42-3615, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1328th AAF Base Unit, Myitkyina, Burma, departed the airfield at Chengkung, China, on a return cargo flight through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). A radio message gave coordinates of 99° 12’ East and 24° 44’ North. The C-46 crashed enroute and the crew was killed. After recovery, the remains of crewmen and a passenger, Roberts, Webster, Mooney and Long were found to be indistinguishable and were buried in a group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 5 September 1951 (Sec. 84, Graves 406, 407, and 408).