JAMES J. MCROBERTS, LT, USN
James McRoberts '27
Date of birth: September 14, 1903
Date of death: December 23, 1941
From the 1927 Lucky Bag:
James was lost on December 23, 1941 when his aircraft crashed off the coast of Cape Henry, Virginia. He was the commanding officer of Fighting Squadron (VF) 41.
There is no one listed as next of kin.
The 1941 Navy Directory lists him, surprisingly, as the commanding officer of USS Thrush (AM 18). He earned his wings as naval aviator #3594 on January 4, 1930 as an Ensign. Earlier tours included Patrol Squadron (VP) 12F aboard USS Langley (CV 2) in 1937 and NAS Norfolk in 1935.