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Major A. B. Robertson, Jr. (776 and 777)


   So much to say, where to start. First of all-thanks so much to the people who put this web site together. I don't know how long it has been up, but I just now found it. After searching the web for two days for info on my dad (Maj. Arthur B. Robertson, Jr., 15th AF, 464th BG, 776th and 777th Sqds. from 2-44 to 3-45 and pilot of B-24s ) — I saw IT.
   That magic name that I had grown up with and carried with me all my life (I was born May of '43 and my name is part of it's nose art), the name of my Dad's ship, the Red L, the "Three Cornered Kid"! I was amazed and elated that it was actually there, that it had materialized out of my memories, from Dad's stories and photos and is now there for all the world to see.
   But my joy quickly turned to consternation. When I read the caption, it never mentioned Dad, but said that the aircraft was Lt. Mickey Marshall's (Dad's co-pilot) and that Lt. Marshall landed the plane. It was my Dad's aircraft, he picked it up at Pocatello with crew in the fall of 1943 and flew it until it's demise in Aug. 44. It was A. B. Robertson, Jr. who landed it that day.
   Dad told me the story many times, about how it was their 27th mission...over Vienna...flak...gas pouring out over hot turbo...one engine dead...the crew bailing out over Corsica...co-pilot staying...right main gear would not drop...hydraulics shot out...tried "crabbing" in to shear off left gear and skid on belly avoiding sparks the flowing gasoline. The left main did not shear, but, for some reason, the gasoline did not ignite either.
   Dad was not normally a sentimental person, but he was over his ship. They would pat "the baby's fanny" for good luck before each mission; it always got them home. Dad later transfered to the 777th and ended up with 50 missions. He flew the Yellow N as well as several others. He used to relate, with amazement, "After the war I was assigned duty to fly old B-24s from the gulf coast to the Arizona 'boneyards.' This was dangerous duty. You were flying alone, most instruments taken out, no flight engineer to balance fuel. One day, as I walked out to pick up my assigned Lib, I had a real shock — it was old 'Yellow Nan (N)'! The same ship I flew on many missions with the 15th! I felt sad the whole trip, knowing what she had done for me and my crew and knowing the fate that she was now facing."
   Again, thanks for all you have done, and, if there's anything I can do for this web site, please write.
   Arthur B. Robertson III

   [Editor's note: Arthur contacted me about the (lack of) crew photo IDs, after which he provided Sean and I with the information he had from his father's photos.]

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[Photo] Relaxing? Pilot, Capt. A.B. Robertson, Jr., and his navigator, 
               Capt. Walter H. Rose at the Squadron Officer's Club in Pantanella, Italy, 1945.
Relaxing? Pilot, Capt. A.B.
Robertson, Jr., and his navigator,
Capt. Walter H. Rose at the Squadron Officer's Club in Pantanella, Italy,
1945.

[Photo] (Center) Major A.B. Robertson, Jr., pilot and 777th Sqd. Operations Officer 
               with other crew members. Pantanella, Italy, 1945.
(Center) Major A.B. Robertson, Jr.,
pilot and 777th Sqd. Operations
Officer with other crew members. Pantanella, Italy, 1945.
[Photo] B-24 Liberators in flight.
B-24 Liberators in flight.
[Photo] 776th Squadron Officers Club, 464th BG, 15th AF, Pantanella, Italy - 
               Aug, 1944. Capt. A. B. Robertson, Jr., bartender, on left. Unknown colonel (old gent) in center.
Party Time? 776th Squadron
Officers Club, 464th BG, 15th AF, Pantanella, Italy - Aug, 1944.
Capt. A. B. Robertson, Jr., bartender,
on left. Unknown colonel (old gent)
in center.
[Photo] "White Y" 776th Sqd., 464th BG Pantanella, Italy -1944.
"White Y" 776th Sqd., 464th BG, Pantanella, Italy -1944.
[Photo] 464th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, Pantanella, Italy - circa 1944 or 45.
464th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, Pantanella, Italy - circa 1944 or 45.
[Photo] Good Clean Fun! 777th Sqd., 464th Bomb Group, 15th AF, Pantanella, Italy - 1945.
The 777th Squadron of the 464th
Bomb Group, 15th Air Force has
good clean fun in Pantanella, Italy - 1945.
[Photo] "The Skirt Patrol" (42-78096) was a designated
               778th Sq. 464th Bomb Group aircraft.
"The Skirt Patrol" (42-78096) was a designated 778th Sq., 464th Bomb
Group aircraft.
[Photo] "Little One" Unlisted in Foreman's "B-24 Nose Art Name Directory"
               or in the 464th AC lists. The original photo belonged to Capt. A.B. Robertson, Jr. 777 Sq., 464th BG.
"Little One" Unlisted in Foreman's
"B-24 Nose Art Name Directory"
or in the 464th AC lists. The original photo belonged to Capt. A.B. Robertson, Jr., 777 Sq., 464th BG.
[Photo] "Sleepy Time Gal" (42-99813) was a designated
               776th Sq. 464th Bomb Group aircraft.
"Sleepy Time Gal" (42-99813)
was a designated 776th Sq.
464th Bomb Group aircraft.
[Photo] "Lucky Lady" is listed in Foreman's "B-24 Nose 
               Art Name Directory" as a 7th, 93rd, 459th and 461st BG aircraft. It is unknown which of the aircraft is shown here.
"Lucky Lady" is listed in Foreman's
"B-24 Nose Art Name Directory"
as a 7th, 93rd, 459th and 461st
BG aircraft. It is unknown which
of the aircraft is shown here.
[Photo] "Little Lulu" (42-52479,Red J) was a 776th, 464th aircraft. 
               (It is unknown if it is the same a/c that is shown here.)
"Little Lulu" (42-52479, Red J)
was a 776th, 464th aircraft. (It is unknown if it is the same a/c
that is shown here.)
[Photo] "The Black Widow" (42-95336) was a 779th, 464th aircraft. 
               (It is unknown if it is the same a/c that is shown here.)
"The Black Widow" (42-95336)
was a 779th, 464th aircraft. (It is
unknown if it is the same a/c that
is shown here.)
[Photo] "Old Gran-Dad's Dream" (42-78092) was a 777th, 
               464th BG aircraft.
"Old Gran-Dad's Dream" (42-78092)
was a 777th, 464th BG aircraft.
[Photo] "Old Gran-Dad" was a 777th, 464th BG aircraft.
"Old Gran-Dad" was a 777th,
464th BG aircraft.
[Photo] "Brown Nose" (42-52485) a 778th, 464th BG aircraft.
"Brown Nose" (42-52485) a 778th,
464th BG aircraft.
[Photo] "Bombay Benny's Boy's" is not listed in Foreman's 
               "B-24 Nose Art Name Directory" or in the 464th aircraft lists.
"Bombay Benny's Boy's" is not
listed in Foreman's "B-24 Nose
Art Name Directory" or in the
464th aircraft lists.
[Photo]  "Where's the Runway?" Capt. A. B. Robertson, Jr. (776 and 777) modeling the latest in "Bomb 
               Run" fashon.
"Where's the Runway?" Capt. A. B. Robertson, Jr. (776 and 777) modeling the latest in "Bomb Run" fashon.
[Photo] Capt. A.B. Robertson, Jr. (776) and crew of the "Three Cornered Kid."
Capt. A.B. Robertson, Jr. (776)
and crew of the "Three Cornered
Kid."
[Photo] "Good bye Old Paint!" End of the line for the 776th's "Three Cornered Kid. " (42-52453; Red L). Capt. Arthur B. Robertson, Jr. with his plane at base salvage - August 1944, Pantanella, Italy.
"Good bye Old Paint!" End of the
line for the 776th's "Three Cornered
Kid. " (42-52453; Red L). Capt.
Arthur B. Robertson, Jr. with his
plane at base salvage - August
1944, Pantanella, Italy.
[Photo] "End of the line" The crash of Capt. Arthur B. Robertson, Jr.'s 776th plane - the "Three Cornered Kid" (42-52453; Red L) after a 26 June 1944 mission to the Florisdorf oil refinery in Vienna, Austria.
"End of the line" The crash of Capt. Arthur B. Robertson, Jr.'s 776th plane - the "Three Cornered Kid" (42-52453; Red L) after a 26 June 1944 mission to the Florisdorf oil refinery in Vienna, Austria.
[Photo] Another view of the crash of Capt. Arthur B. Robertson, Jr.'s 776th plane - the "Three Cornered Kid."
Another view of the crash of
Capt. Arthur B. Robertson, Jr.'s
776th plane - the "Three Cornered
Kid."
[Photo] The Culprit! The hydraulic system shot out-gear would not fully extend and lock. Crash of the "Three Cornered Kid," 26 June 1944, Pantanella, Italy.
The Culprit! The hydraulic system
shot out-gear would not fully extend
and lock. Crash of the "Three Cornered Kid," 26 June 1944, Pantanella, Italy.
[Photo] Capt. A.B. Robertson, Jr. (776 and 777th), standing in front of the 464th B-24 "Home for Christmas."
"Honor...Valor...Courage" Capt. (later Lt. Col.) Arthur B. Robertson, Jr. (777) standing in front of the 464th B-24 "Home for Christmas."


Capt. Arthur B. Robertson, Jr. served in the 776th and the 777th Squadrons of the 464th Bombardment Group (Heavy), in the 55th Wing of the 15th Air Force from Feb 1944 to April 1945 in Pantanella, Italy. Robertson flew 50 missions during his tour with the 464th BG. He was awarded the Air Medal (6 clusters) and the DFC (one cluster). He later flew a P-61 Black Widow as base Op. Off. at Itazuki AFB, Japan from 1946 to 1948. Robertson retired from the Air Force in 1971 after 30 years of duty.


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