From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James McRoberts '27

Date of birth: September 14, 1903

Date of death: December 23, 1941

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

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.

He was commanding officer of USS Thrush (AM 18) from July 1939 to June 1941. 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.

Class of 1927

James is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 on Virtual Memorial Hall.