William D. Robertson was born on 28 June 1920 in Virginia to Simon Peter Robertson (1888-1971) and Minnie Dallas (Booth) Robertson (1891-1940). Siblings were Ruby Inez (Robertson) DeLong (1912-1998), Hazel Jane (Robertson) Wuergler (1914-2006), Clara Mattie (Robertson) Wuergler (1917-2001), Melva Irene (Robertson) Hurt (1924-2008), Verna Talitha (Robertson) Jones (1926-    ).


After enlisting in the USAAF on 10 August 1942, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 April 1945 a C-46A, “Stork,” # 43-47146, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, 1333rd AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain rang (the Hump) to Kunming, China. Last contact was at about 0445 IST near Moran, India. It crashed in the Kachin state of Burma. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He is remembered o the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. After recovery in Burma and India, his remains were buried in the Epworth United Methodist Church Cemetery, Moneta, Bedford Co., Virginia.