Joe William Roberts
ID: O-146117. Killed in Action, died in a plane crash.
Wife: Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Roberts, Soddy Daisy, TN
Memorialized at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia
Steaming as before, At 0250 changed course to 100 – (T). At 1110 TBF-1c, Bu. No. 47673 piloted by Joe William Roberts, Ensign, AVN 146117 crashed over the port quarter after giving himself a wave off. Two 350 pound depth charges set for twenty-five feet were armed by the crash and exploded, killing the pilot and destroying the plane. The radioman and the gunner were rescued by the U.S.S. Terbell with minor injuries. At 1250 sighted GUS 26 on course 280-(T) and pursuant ot CinClant 092012 of January. 1944 commenced support of convoy. Remained in sight of GUS 26 throughout the day.