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Lawrence J Roetto


Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23988 [NB:E] 'Emmy Lou', 44BG/67BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Barentin, France. Killed in Action (KIA) when cannon shell exploded in cockpit. NARA lists him as 'J. Roetto-Lawrence' See Biography events for disposition of his remains.


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23988 Emmy Lou

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-15-CO 41-23998 [NB:E] "Emmy Lou" was assigned to the 44BG/47BS. On 8-Mar-1943 the aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters near Barentin, France. ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 41

    8 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Born Ronett, Barry County, Missouri
Killed in Action (KIA) Barentin, France 8 March 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed at Barentin, France.

Buried Dieppe, France 10 March 1943

Buried by the Germans in the Cemetery Les Vertus, Dieppe, France per Bishop & Hey "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces".

Commemorated 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Ardennes American Cemetery. Apparently, the remains were never recovered from the cemetery at Dieppe, France


Date Contributor Update
31 July 2015 21:49:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 31-Jul-2015. Added Decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Made connections to PLace and Mission within existing website data; Added Summary Biography and Burial event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE, added KIA event per MACR 15333.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:14 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15330 / MACRs 4401, 15333, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop and Hey p.89-90, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties pp. 58-9 by Lundy , NARA listing WWII National Monument web site / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database