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Louis W Rohr


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: SS, DFC (4OLC), AM (8OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post War: Re-enlisted, serving in Korean conflict, retired with rank of Colonel.

Silver Star award Synopsis: "Louis W. Rohr, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the EIGHTH Air Force in the European Theater of Operations during World War II."


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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29934

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/3/43; Cheyenne 17/3/43; Walla Walla 2/4/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Selfridge 27/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-G] Kimbolton 6/6/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Don Murray, Co-pilot: Bob McGraw, Navigator:...

  • 42-30298 Ragin Red II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/5/43; Gore 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 3/6/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-M] Kimbolton 13/6/43 TENDER TIT TILLIE, then RAGIN' RED II; transferred 837BS/487BG [4F] Lavenham 15/7/44; 78th Fighter Wing 24/10/44; transferred...

  • 42-31394 Aphrodite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/10/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 20/1/44; transferred AFSC with Azon/Aphrodite (388BG) Knettishall 7/6/44; Missing in Action v-sites Watten, Fr; 6/8/44 with Lt J. Sollars & T/Sgt H. Graves (2 Returned to Duty); lost...

  • 44-8110

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 14/6/44; Langley 17/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-F] Kimbolton 26/8/44; Returned to the USA Morrison 22/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 28/10/45.

  • 44-8136

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 22/6/44; Langley 21/7/44; Dow Fd 16/8/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 6/9/44; battle damaged Cologne 14/10/44 with ?; force landed continent, Salvaged.

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Jeannette, Pennsylvania 23 November 1918
Based Kimbolton May 1943 – February 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Enlisted 19 January 1951

Re-Enlistment 19-Jan-51.

Lived in Granite Bay, CA 1970
Discharged USAF 31 January 1970

Honourable discharge.

Died San Antonio, TX 1 August 1975
Buried Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio, TX 4 August 1975

Sunset Memorial Park
San Antonio,
Bexar County, TX
Section 6


Date Contributor Update
30 July 2019 11:29:52 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards, events and aircraft associations
379th Bombardment Group Anthology, Volume 2: November 1942-July 1945

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2019 21:47:14 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:22 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45; 379th Bombardment Anthology, Part 2, pg 167