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Frank Hollyworth Roark Jr


Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. 1/2 x Do217, 1 x FW190. ETD

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


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. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 79th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-104289

    P-38 Lightning

  • 44-13535 'Black's Bird'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal A/C of Lt Black, Cpt Roark and Lt Pogue at various times.

Associated Place

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...


Event Location Date
Born Louisiana 12 March 1922

Son of Frank Hollyworth Roark Sr

Enlisted New Orleans, LA 4 June 1942

New Orleans, Louisiana

Based Kings Cliffe 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Died Altamonte Springs, FL 22 July 2001
Buried Palm Cemetery Winter Park, Orange County, FL 25 July 2001

Palm Cemetery
Winter Park, Orange County, Florida

End Tour of Duty (ETD)


Date Contributor Update
02 April 2021 18:44:48 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / King's Cliffe Memorial Edition / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list