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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. E C Roberts


Elwyn Cooper Roberts was born on 4th January 1920 and joined the RAF in May 1939 as an Aircrafthand. He later remustered as an Airman u/t WOp/AG and after training was posted to a Fairey Battle Squadron at RAF Benson in November.

In May 1940 he went to 23 Squadron at Wittering and was promoted to Sergeant.



Above: taken after he was commissioned, date and location currently unknown.


In October 1940 Roberts was posted to 99 Squadron, operating in Wellingtons from Newmarket. With his tour completed in June 1941, he went to 27 OTU Lichfield, as an instructor.

Commissioned in February 1942, Roberts was posted as a signals instructor to RAF Wigtown, later becoming Chief Signals Instructor.

He was seconded to BOAC in 1945 and resigned his commission in 1947 to join the Corporation.

Roberts flew initially from Blackbushe, then Heathrow. He left BOAC in the early sixties and was engaged as an electronics lecturer in the De Havilland works in Hatfield, from which he retired.

He died on 20th September 2011.



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