James K. Roberts, T/Sgt, Radioman Gunner, 100th BG, 349th BS

James K. Roberts, T/Sgt, Radioman Gunner, 100th BG, 349th BS, Thorpe Abbotts, UK.  Member of the 8th AFHS-MN. He served with the Eugene T. Jensen crew and Bombardier Richard R. Ayesh kept a diary of the crew's missions.
James K. Roberts is on the far left.
Roberts, James K. Age 90, from Edina, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2nd, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. James served in the US Army, 8th Air force, 349th bomb squadron, 100th bomb group (bloody 100th) as a radio operator, waist gunner on board B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft. James flew 22 bombing missions over Germany and was shot down over German occupied France. He was discharged in 1945 and ran a successful insurance business post war. He enjoyed his lake home at Lake Sylvia, MN, loved to fish and enjoyed pheasant hunting in Mitchell, SD, and also traveled the world during retirement. He was the best of America's Greatest Generation.

From the 100th BG Facebook page
T/Sgt James K Roberts, 349th Bomb Squadron, Radioman,Gunner on the Eugene T. Jensen Crew died on 2 December, 2014. 90 years old,from Edina,Minn. Married 68 years to spouse Helen. CPT on 8 March, 1945. Mr Roberts is standing on the far left side of the crew photo as viewed. 

  • Chip Culpepper Mr Roberts originally trained on the crew of Lt Carl "Ted" Klenke at Sioux City alongside my dad. As that crew was about to deploy overseas, they received 7-day passes home. Upon returning to Sioux City, the crew learned Klenke had been grounded for surgery, and the crew was unceremoniously broken apart and most men were put into a replacement pool. My dad and Mr Roberts were close friends on the Klenke crew and bunked and ate together. Both ended up assigned to the 100th BG and completed their missions almost simultaneously-- Roberts' name appears alongside my dad's on their transportation orders stateside. They kept in touch for many years after the war. I'm saddened to learn of his passing. Condolences to his family.
  • Chip Culpepper Crew #5529, including Cpl James K. Roberts, at SCAAF as listed on SO #135 of 15 May 1944 (Lt Ed Aubuchon went on to serve as a Pilot in the 100th BG, as well):
    Chip Culpepper's photo.
  • Chip Culpepper James K. Roberts, and my Dad, who trained together and served separately, both going home from the 100th BG, listed on transfer orders of 10 April 1945:
    Chip Culpepper's photo.
  • Chip Culpepper The wedding announcement for James King Roberts and Helen Maxine Conner, found among my parents' keepsakes.
    Chip Culpepper's photo.
  • Chip Culpepper And in memory of Mr. Roberts, and in the spirit of the season, a Christmas card (this one from 1948 -- there are several others -- but this note, in Mr. Roberts' hand, brings news of the birth of his son Gary)
    Chip Culpepper's photo.
  • Chip Culpepper ... inside of 1948 card:
    Chip Culpepper's photo.