Robert B. Williams

Robert B. Williams

Air Force General
Born Nov 9, 1901

Major General Robert Boyd Williams was a World War II general in the United States Army Air Forces. He led the B-17 raid on the Schweinfurt ball-bearing factories, the first large-scale deep penetration bombing raid on Germany.

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1901 Birth Born on November 9, 1901.


Robert B. Williams was born in the small Texas city of Albany and graduated from Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1923.
In January 1924, he began advanced flying training at nearby Kelly Field.
1925 - 1927 3 More Events
1928 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1928, he was commended for making an emergency landing in a crater lake in El Salvador and then spiraling his plane out of this hazardous area after refueling.


1933 - 1935 3 More Events
1936 34 Years Old From August 1936 to June 1937, Williams attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
1937 35 Years Old In June 1937, Williams was assigned as operations officer of the 2nd Bombardment Group, General Headquarters Air Force, Langley Field, Virginia. … Read More
1938 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1938, Williams participated in a goodwill tour by six B-17s from Langley Field to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and back. … Read More
1939 37 Years Old In November 1939, he took part in a second goodwill flight when seven B-17s of the 2nd Group flew to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and back.
Williams received the Order of the Southern Cross from the government of Brazil in 1940 for his participation in the Rio flight.
1941 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Promoted to lieutenant colonel on 8 November 1941, he was still in command of the 2nd BG when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and brought the United States into World War II.


1942 40 Years Old On 21 September 1942 Williams received promotion to brigadier general, having risen from captain to general officer in 31 months. … Read More
On 4 April 1943, he became commanding general of the 16th Bombardment Operational Training Wing headquartered at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. … Read More
1944 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Williams commanded the 1st Bomb Division in the first largescale daylight attack against Berlin on March 6, 1944.
1945 43 Years Old Williams served in that capacity until November 1945. … Read More
1946 44 Years Old Williams retired, disability received in the line of duty, on 1 July 1946 as a major general.


1977 75 Years Old He lived in San Antonio during his retirement, and died on 10 February 1977 at the age of 75. … Read More
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