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Louis A Rogers

Military

Flew Jimmy Stewart in the mosquito on a mission, when they got to altitude (30,000+) he looked over and noticed that Jimmy was asleep, passed out from lack of oxygen. L. A. dived down to a lower altitude and returned to Watton.

DFC; Air Medal; EAME ribbon; ETO Medal

Service

People

  • John Frisbie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH Buried Lorraine American Cemetery Plot G Row 6 Grave 4 St Avold, France

  • John Hoegen

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH MACR 4253

  • Douglas Irvine

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Sgt. Douglas James Irvine killed in action on 29 April 1944. He was Born 1 May 1923 in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was the second oldest of 9 children. On June 25th 1940, at the age of 17, he immigrated to Vandalia, Montana, where he lived and...

  • Elmer Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH MACR 4253

  • Joseph Kotulak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Adger Matthews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH MACR 4253

  • Orville Springstead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH Buried Lorraine American Cemetery Plot D Row 42 Grave 26 St Avold, France NOK Ivan A. Springstead 1114 Stanton Street Port Huron, Michigan

  • Thomas Sproat

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH MACR 4253

  • Robert Stevenson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Stevenson was an original member of the 447th Bomb Group, and gave his name to the B-17 'Old Scrapiron' after becoming involved in a bar fight during training. He was killed during a combat orientation flight on 29 April 1944 with Elmer D. Johnson's...

  • Leslie Walker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4253 PH

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 653rd Bomb Squadron
  • 711th Bomb Squadron

Missions

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Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...

Events

Event Location Date
29 April 1944

2Lt Louis A. Rogers was woken with the rest of his crew on this fateful morning, but told to go back to sleep since they were taking a new pilot, Robert C. Stevenson on an observation flight. LA's crew failed to return from this raid to Berlin.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2018 03:00:33 BriRau44725 Changes to mission associations
Sources

LA Rogers diary and mission cards

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 21:00:08 BriRau44725 Changes to mission associations
Sources

LA Rogers War Diary

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 18:35:23 BriRau44725 Changes to nickname
Sources

MACR 4253

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 18:34:43 BriRau44725 Changes to events, person associations and place associations
Sources

MACR 4253 and interview with LA Rogers

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2016 21:23:12 Al_Skiff Changes to awards and unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Brian Rausch / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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