From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Kilburn Roby '21

Date of birth: October 23, 1898

Date of death: December 10, 1924

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant (JG) K. H. Roby, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #3163 in 1924. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1921.


Three Others Injured When Huge, Twin-Motored Craft Hits Sea at San Diego

SAN DIEGO. Cal., Dec. 10 — Five officers and men of the aircraft squadrons of the battle fleet were killed here today in one of the worst accidents in naval aviation annals.

They were hurled in the ocean when the huge twin-motored, H-16 type of seaplane in which they had been engaged in machine gun practice, went into a dizzy spin from a height of about 1,200 feet.

Splinters from the wrecked plane were scattered over the sea for several hundred feet and all five of the men who were in the forward cockpit were killed instantly, it is believed. They were all carried below the waves and the bodies of those recovered were badly mangled.

"Lieutenant Roby was born in Illinois on Oct. 23, 1898. He was appointed to Annapolis from that state on June 17, 1913. Before entering the aviation service, he was attached to the destroyer USS Jacob Jones. He arrived here from the Pensacola Naval Air Station less than a month ago."

He is buried in California.

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Class of 1921

Kilburn is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.