Henry J Rodgers

Military

Object Number - UPL 30843 - Henry J. Rodgers Crew 388th BG - 562nd Bomb Squadron B-17F-45-BO #42-3295 "Tech Supply" Standing L to R: Jerome I. Flohr (N), Henry J. Rodgers...

24 AUG 1943 after takeoff from N. Africa, shuttlerun to Regensburg, A/C B-17 #42-30230 'Homesick Angel' ran out of gas and crashed in cornfield in Suffolk.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-807969
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-797299
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator / Group Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14149324
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18115803
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16074151
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed ""Li'l" One" of the 562nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '388.' Printed caption on reverse: 'B-61555 AC - The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Li'L One" at an airbase in England, 19 September 1943. 562nd Bomb Sqdn., 388th Bomb Gp. U.S. Air Force Photo.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Lil One
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
A crashed B-17F Flying Fortress ( serial number 42-30230) nicknamed "Homesick Angel", 24 August 1943. Official caption on image: "(GAD-15-4-388)(24-8-43)(A/C No. 230230 Type B-17F)." Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Rodgers. See note. Homesick Angel.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Homesick Angel
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Tech Supply / Wailuiku Maid
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ramp Tramp

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Pennsylvania, USA 1 October 1916

Enlisted

Pittsburgh, PA, USA 11 March 1942

Other

388th BG Combat Tour

Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 24 July 1943 - 20 December 1943

Other

Mission

Stanton, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK 24 August 1943 Crash landed in a field due to lack of fuel after a shuttle mission from North Africa

Other

Mission

Yelverton PL20, UK 16 September 1943 After bombing LaPallice, France, was forced to land at RAF Harrowbeer due to low fuel

Died

Pennsylvania, USA 26 July 1977

Buried

Lower Burrell, PA 15068, USA 30 July 1977 Greenwood Memorial Park • Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Westmoreland County, PA, USA

Revisions

Date15 Feb 2020 22:10:16
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:12:42
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p.254-5 with picture of plane

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