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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.


He 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, Texas.
1925 - 1926 2 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.
1929 27 Years Old In September 1929, he was named Commanding Officer, 12th Photo Section, 24th Pursuit Squadron at France Field.
1930 28 Years Old In May 1930, Williams returned to the U.S., serving as a flying Instructor at March Field, California.
1931 29 Years Old In August 1931, he transferred to Randolph Field, Texas where he served as a flight instructor.


1933 - 1937 5 More Events
1938 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1938, Williams took part in the United States to South America flight by six B-17s from Langley Field to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and back. … Read More
1939 37 Years Old 1 More Event
He became squadron commander of the 49th Bomb Squadron in 1939.
Williams received the Order of the Southern Cross from the government of Brazil in 1940 for his participation in the flight to Rio de Janeiro.


1942 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1942, Williams moved to Mitchel Field in New York, where he served with the 1st Air Force Bomber Command.
In June 1943 he was assigned to the 8th Air Force in Great Britain, subsequently becoming Commanding General of the 1st Bombardment Division with headquarters at Brampton Grange, England. … 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.


1977 75 Years Old He died on Feb. 10, 1977 at the age of 75. … Read More
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