The Airmen's Stories - Midshipman (FAA) G W Roberts
George William Roberts was born in October 1920 in
Warwick and was serving with 808 Squadron at Wick in early July 1940, flying Fulmars on dockyard defence.
He embarked with the squadron in HMS Ark Royal on 22nd October 1940 and served with it in the actions in the Mediterranean in 1941.
On 11th October 1941 Roberts was posted to 800 Squadron in HMS Indomitable. He later served at Macrihanish and then went to HMS Khedive on 31st December 1943 for air gunnery duties.
Roberts was killed on 30th May 1946, whilst serving with 736 Squadron FAA at HMS Vulture, a training airfield near St. Merryn, Padstow, Cornwall.
Fairey Firefly MB677 flew into a
hill in bad visibility, exploded and disintegrated at Trenance Downs, near St. Austell.
He was 25 and is buried in St Merryn churchyard, Cornwall.
Probate was granted to his wife Jean (nee Cook) though the date of their marriage is currently undocumented.