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Derrol W Rogers

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B-17 #4229752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Killed in Action (KIA). Only member of crew killed. The waist gunner's gun went off as he was unloading preparing to land and it shot off the stabilizer, The crew bailed out and Pilot Rogers and Co-pilot Gorse took the plane over the Wash and then they bailed out. Rogers died from overexposure.

DFC, PH

Service

People

  • Robert Dominick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 42-29752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-31782. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17B.

  • Norville Gorse

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29752 ditched into North Sea 13 May 1943. Gorse and pilot Rogers made a valiant effort to control the plane. Returned to base. ...

  • Joseph Hudson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4229752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. May also have a mention in Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 161 by Bishop & Hey for 24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on...

  • Basil Maxwell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4229752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230355 'Dallas Rebel. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17B. POW

  • Alfred Miles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4229752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base.

  • George Rawlings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 13 May 1943 by own waist gunner and bailed out safely. Shot down again on 17 May 1943 mission to Lorient, France in B-17 #42-29767 'Boot Hill'. Prisoner of War (POW) : initially...

  • Edward Youngers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30355 'Dallas Rebel'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17B. POW

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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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29752

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Walker 26/2/43; Salinas 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 17/4/43; on assembly crashed in The Wash en route St Omer when controls were damaged and stabilizer shot off accidentally by own waist...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Snetterton

    Military site : non-airfield

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Connecticut
Died 13 May 1943
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 22:49:21 kstrykerAK Changes to person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata and Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing. 1996. pages 20, 24,

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor,  Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 117, Snetterton Falcons by Doherty and Ward p. 20; Snetterton Falcons, pg 24

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