Academic journal article Air Power History

Col. Arval James "Robie" Roberson, USAF (Ret.) 1923-2007

Academic journal article Air Power History

Col. Arval James "Robie" Roberson, USAF (Ret.) 1923-2007

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Col. Arval James Roberson, 84, died unexpectedly on December 7, 2007 in Kilmarnock, Virginia. Born in Indiana in November 1923, he grew up in Inglewood, California. He entered the Army Air Corps in June 1942 as an aviation cadet and was commissioned as a pilot in May 1943.

He flew 76 missions in the ETO in the P-51 Mustang with the 362d FS, 357th FG, destroying 6-1/2 enemy aircraft and one probable in the air, as well as one on the ground. He returned to the U.S. as a captain in time for his 20th birthday in November 1943.

After his return from England, he had assignments in Nevada, Florida, and Illinois. In Chicago, he first flew the C-47, known as the "Gooney Bird" and over the next 20 years flew that aircraft intermittently for a total of almost 950 hours. In 1949 and 1950, he flew out of bases in Kansas, Indiana, and Michigan.

During the Korean War, he flew 100 combat missions in the F-51 with the 12th FS, 18th FBW. He next had assignments in Kentucky and then England where he flew the F-84 and finally in Belgium with Military Assistance Advisory Group. On return to the U.S., he became adjutant for the group headquarters at Luke AFB. From there in 1955 he went to his favorite assignment, Support Squadron Commander at the Auxiliary Field at Gila Bend, Arizona.

He next returned to Brussels, where he flew the VC-47. He then went to Headquarters, Air Training Command at Randolph AFB, Texas, and to Florida with the Tactical Air Warfare Center. …

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