Robert B. Williams
American Air Force general
Robert B. Williams
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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Businesses weather the storm - Westfair Online
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“We had 22 streets closed for flooding and 25 people taken out of their houses by water rescue,” said Robert Williams, mayor of the village that is a flood zone by virtue of geographic juxtaposition with the Saw Mill River. He estimated storm costs to
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Envirosolve directors Robert Williams and Jason Williams should be jailed for ... - Courier Mail
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In the District Court in Brisbane, Ralph Devlin, SC, said even if Envirosolve Pty Ltd, and its directors, Robert Rex Williams and Jason Robert Williams, now paid the fines they should still be given jail terms. However, barrister Wayne Tolton,
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Iowa work release inmate listed as escaped - Houston Chronicle
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The corrections department says the missing inmate is Robert Williams Jr., who had transferred to the center on Aug. 1. Williams was listed as escaped on Monday. Williams was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2007. He convicted in Black Hawk County of
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St. Lucie County felony arrests: Aug. 29, 2011 - Fort Pierce Tribune
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Robert Williams, 32, St. Augustine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Brandon Anderson, 21, West Palm Beach, battery causing bodily harm, robbery with no firearm or weapon. Santos Mondragon, 45, 900 block of North Lake Drive,
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Mayor's Golf and Tennis Classic Set for Sept. 26 - Patch.com
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Mayor Fran Murray (right) poses with Golf and Tennis Classic honoree Robert Williams and members of the 2011 Classic Committee and the golf outing hole-in-one prize, a new Infiniti provided by Legacy Infiniti of Lynbrook
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Police call off search in Northeast Portland; no one arrested - OregonLive.com
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Robert Williams, 54, was walking to a bus stop near Northeast 111th Avenue and Halsey to go to work when the two suspects approached him from behind and demanded his wallet. They took it and fled. Members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team searched
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Fantagraphics to Publish the Complete 'Zap Comix' - AVN News (press release)
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... its demise in 1991, along the way featuring the graphic stylings of such famous "underground" artists as S. Clay Wilson, Robert Williams, "Spain" Rodriguez, Gilbert "Wonder Warthog" Shelton, Victor Moscoso and Rick "Zippy the Pinhead" Griffin
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UK: Practising barrister loses battle to overturn Bankruptcy Restrictions Order - 7thSpace Interactive (press release)
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Paul Robert Williams, 44, of York, practising as `Paul Williams´, a self-employed criminal barrister, was made bankrupt on 12 November 2009, having presented his own petition. On Friday 1 April 2011, York County Court made a five-year Bankruptcy
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Fishing report - Richmond Times Dispatch
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Lonnie from Castaway (804 706-9100) reports the following catches: Robert Williams (Richmond) 52-pound, 12 ounce bluecat; Jared Sutton (Richmond) 23-inch, 5-8 largemouth bass. Mike at Pat's Sporting Goods (804 748-4165) reports the croaker and spot are
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Waltham police embrace social media to close cases - Boston Globe
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“We're just shy of 1000 fans now, so I'm pleased with the growth of our Facebook page,” said Waltham police officer Robert Williams, Jr., who helped spearhead the initiative. “Off of Facebook, we went to Twitter, which has grown tremendously
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Why did Robert Williams vote with the PPP appointed commissioners? - Stabroek News
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The week before last week we felt so good when the opposition members stood tall and strong, but I was flabbergasted when Mr Robert Williams, Deputy Mayor and who came into the Mayor and City Council as a supporter of Mr Green (GGG), now PNC-APNU,
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Springfield considers waiting period for copper - Chicago Tribune
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Springfield Police Chief Robert Williams says he supports requiring a waiting period before people can get cash in exchange for precious metals. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that officials received 64 reports of stolen copper in
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City officials consider waiting period to deter copper thefts - The State Journal-Register
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(AP Photo Brian Leddy/Gallup Independent) By DEANA STROISCH With copper thefts on the rise, Springfield Police Chief Robert Williams said he supports requiring a two-day waiting period before someone can get cash in exchange for precious metals
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1977
    Age 75
    He lived in San Antonio during his retirement, and died on 10 February 1977 at the age of 75.
    More Details Hide Details A sculpture by New Mexico artist Duke Sundt honoring Williams and two other World War II heroes was dedicated in February 2006 at the courthouse in Williams' hometown of Albany, Texas. The Albany Heroes' Monument honors Williams, Lt. Col. William E. Dyess, namesake of Dyess Air Force Base, and Rear Admiral Emory Arden Grantham, who supervised wartime Naval ship repairs at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. The life size bas relief portraits are accompanied by biographical information on plaques. The memorial lists Williams' rank as Lieutenant General and says that he retired in the 1950s.
  • FORTIES
  • 1946
    Age 44
    Williams retired, disability received in the line of duty, on 1 July 1946 as a major general.
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  • 1945
    Age 43
    Williams served in that capacity until November 1945.
    More Details Hide Details Williams' decorations from World War II included the Distinguished Service Cross, Great Britain's Order of the Bath, and France's Legion of Honor and Croix de guerre. The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army, awarded for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.
  • 1944
    Age 42
    Williams returned to the United States in October 1944 to become commanding general of the Second Air Force, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    More Details Hide Details In this capacity he directed the training of B-29 units and crews for service in the strategic bombing campaign by Twentieth Air Force against the Japanese home islands.
    Williams commanded the 1st Bomb Division in the first largescale daylight attack against Berlin on March 6, 1944.
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  • 1943
    Age 41
    Soon after taking command of the 1st Bombardment Wing, Williams led a large mission beyond the range of escort fighters to bomb ball bearing factories in Schweinfurt, on 17 August 1943.
    More Details Hide Details Production of ball bearings was concentrated at Schweinfurt and was identified by Allied planners of the Combined Bomber Offensive as a key "bottleneck" target, the destruction of which could cripple German war production. The 1st Bomb Wing consisted of nine combat groups and so was organized for the mission into four "provisional combat bomb wings" to facilitate command and control, a restructuring that foreshadowed the reorganization of the wing into the 1st Bomb Division a month later. Schweinfurt was the primary target of a larger mission in which aircraft factories at Regensburg were to be attacked simultaneously by B-17s of the 4th Bombardment Wing, to divide Luftwaffe interceptor reaction, with the Regensburg force continuing on to North Africa instead of returning to its home bases. The "double strike" had already been postponed once by bad weather. Timing was crucial to success of the plan, complicated by the 11-hour length of the Regensburg mission, which required a takeoff soon after dawn to allow it to reach North African bases while it was still daylight. A thick fog covered the bases of both forces at the scheduled takeoff time, however, forcing a postponement of launch of the mission. The Regensburg force delayed its takeoff 90 minutes but then proceeded, while Williams' force was delayed a further four hours. Rather than postpone the mission again, the Schweinfurt force also took off, completely disrupting the timing of the mission. The Regensburg force was nearly to its target, which allowed the entire German interceptor force to refuel and rearm before concentrating on the second mission.
    He subsequently continued as commanding general of the new 1st Bombardment Division on its activation 16 September 1943.
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    On 4 April 1943, he became commanding general of the 16th Bombardment Operational Training Wing headquartered at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details In July 1943 the commanding general of the 1st Bomb Wing of the 8th Air Force, Brig. Gen. Frank A. Armstrong Jr., was severely injured in a fire in his quarters and Williams was sent to England to replace him.
  • 1942
    Age 40
    On 21 September 1942 Williams received promotion to brigadier general, having risen from captain to general officer in 31 months.
    More Details Hide Details He subsequently became commanding general of the II Bomber Command at Fort George Wright, Washington.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1941
    Age 39
    Williams was immediately moved to staff duty at the headquarters of the First Air Force at Mitchel Field on 10 December 1941, assigned to the I Bomber Command, and was promoted to colonel on 1 March 1942.
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    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.
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  • 1940
    Age 38
    From September 1940 to 31 January 1941 Williams was detached from the 2nd Bomb Group to act as a military observer in England during the Blitz.
    More Details Hide Details He was wounded during an air raid on London, losing an eye. Upon his return from the UK, Williams resumed duty with the 2nd BG, assigned as group commander in April, upon which he submitted a favorable report on the merits of the Royal Air Force's operational training (OTU) system, based on his observations, to the Training and Operations Division of the Office of Chief of Air Corps.
    Williams was promoted to major on 11 March 1940.
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    Williams received the Order of the Southern Cross from the government of Brazil in 1940 for his participation in the Rio flight.
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  • 1939
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1938
    Age 36
    In May 1938, Williams was assigned to the 49th Bombardment Squadron at Langley Field and became squadron commander the next year.
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    In February 1938, Williams participated in a goodwill tour by six B-17s from Langley Field to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and back.
    More Details Hide Details Williams was commended in connection with that flight. The flight to Argentina represented the longest distance performance of its kind to date and subsequently earned the 2nd Bomb Group the Mackay Trophy.
  • 1937
    Age 35
    In June 1937, Williams was assigned as operations officer of the 2nd Bombardment Group, General Headquarters Air Force, Langley Field, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details The 2nd Bomb Group received the first 12 B-17 Flying Fortresses delivered to the Air Corps in March 1937.
  • 1936
    Age 34
    From August 1936 to June 1937, Williams attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
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  • 1935
    Age 33
    In April 1935, he was promoted to captain and assigned to the 30th Bombardment Squadron, also at Rockwell Field.
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  • 1934
    Age 32
    Williams moved to Rockwell Field, California in August 1934, where he served as secretary (adjutant) and senior instructor, Advanced Air Navigation Training Unit.
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  • 1933
    Age 31
    From August 1933 to June 1934, Williams attended the Air Corps Tactical School, Maxwell Field, Alabama.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1931
    Age 29
    In August 1931, he transferred to Randolph Field, Texas where he also served as a flight instructor.
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  • 1930
    Age 28
    In May 1930, Williams returned to the U.S., assigned as a flying instructor at the primary training school March Field, California.
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  • 1928
    Age 26
    In July 1928, he became the operations officer of the 24th Pursuit Squadron at France Field and a year later, was assigned to command the 12th Photo Section, 24th Pursuit Squadron.
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    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.
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  • 1927
    Age 25
    There, on 11 November 1927, he was promoted to first lieutenant.
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  • 1926
    Age 24
    In May 1926, Williams was transferred to France Field in the Panama Canal Zone, where he served with the 6th Composite Group and the 7th Observation Squadron.
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  • 1925
    Age 23
    From June 1925 to May 1926, Williams served with the 5th Observation Squadron at Mitchel Field, New York.
    More Details Hide Details While stationed there, as a second lieutenant, he was reported missing in the newspapers on a flight to Washington.
  • 1924
    Age 22
    From October 1924 to June 1925, he attended the Photography Course at the Air Service Technical School at Chanute Field, Illinois.
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    From August 1924 to October 1924, Williams served as Squadron Adjutant at Kelly Field.
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    In January 1924, he began advanced flying training at nearby Kelly Field.
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  • 1923
    Age 21
    Williams entered flying training in June 1923 at Brooks Field in San Antonio.
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    He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Service on June 6, 1923.
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    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1901
    Born
    Born on November 9, 1901.
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