Bobby Smith Roth

Bobby Roth, WWII
Bobby Roth, WWII
Recent Address: 3211 Burnside Drive, San Antonio, TX 78209-3139
E-mail Address: broth3211@aol.com
Family Info: Parents: George Lester and Ethel Jane
Hometown: Itta Bena, MS
Date Entered Service: April, 1942
Service Number: AO-809044
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 769th
Squadron:
Location of Unit: Walker AFB, KS; Oct 1943
Missions Flown: 35
Hump Missions: 7 to 10
Targets: 1. Yawata, Japan June 15, 1944 --2. Palembang, Sumatra August 11, 1944 --3. Anshan, Manchuria September 8, 1944 ---4. Anshan, Manchuria September 26,1944 --5. Okayama, Formosa October 4, 1944 --6. Okayama, Formosa October 16,1944 --7. Rangoon, Burma November 3, 1944 --8. Omura, Japan November 21, 1944 --9. Bankok, Thailand November 27, 1944 --10. Mukden, Manchuria December 7,1944 --11. Hankow, China December 18, 1944 --12. Omura, Japan December 19,1944 --13. Omura, Japan January 6, 1945 --14. Ragi, Furmasa I January 14, 1945 --15. Saigon, French I.C. February 7, 1945 --16. Singapore February 17,1945 --17. Singapore February 24, 1945 --18. Singapore March 2, 1945 --19. Singapore March 17, 1945 --20. Rangoon, Burma March 1945 --21. Rangoon, Burma March 22, 1945 --22. Hiro, Japan May 7, 1945 --23. Nagoya, Japan May 13, 1945 --24. Nagoya, Japan May 20, 1945 --25. Tokyo, Japan May 23,1945 --26. Tokyo, Japan May 25,1945 --27. Osaka, Japan June 1,1945 --28. Osaka, Japan June 7, 1945 --29. Osaka, Japan June 15, 1945 --30. Toyashi, Japan June 10, 1945
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
Service Schools: Pilot training SE 43G Jul 1943; B-17 School, Lockbourn, OH Oct 1943
MOS: MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB, Meteorologist
Rank Upon Discharge: Capt
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: Many -- including 42-6347 King Size
Where You a POW?:
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Where You a Interned?:
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Date Transferred from the 58th: April, 1945
Date Discharged: 1945
Post WWII Service: Meteorologist
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Geodesist, Asst. College Professor
Thoughts About the 58th: I flew with the crew of King Size as co-pilot in June of 1944 to Yawata. After that I flew 2 or 3 more times with the same crew, then the crew got broken up. Morris went to Wing HQ, some quit, some got sick and some went home to train more crews. I didn't have a crew after that and flew where needed. I believe I was the first pilot and also the youngest to finish my missions. ----- I can't believe I did it!
Comments:
Crew of King Size: (Back Row left to right) Morris, Pilot -- Roth, Pilot --Buchta, Navigator -- Wood, Bombbardier -- Brannon, Engineer -- Walmsley, Radar. (Front Row left to right) Cushing, Radio -- Sigman, Senior Gunner -- Labaz, Right Gunner -- Staples, Left Gunner -- Vacarro, Tail Gunner
Mr. Roth passed away October 27, 2015.
The crew of King Size, 1944
The crew of King Size, 1944

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