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World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1914 1
New Jersey 1
Death:
31 Mar 2014 2
Mediterranean Sea /N Africa 2
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Person:
Herbert E Rodgers 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1914 1
New Jersey 1
Death:
31 Mar 2014 2
Mediterranean Sea /N Africa 2
Cause: Shot-Down B-25 2
Residence:
Place: Passaic County, New Jersey 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
10 Jan 1942 1
Army Branch:
None 1
Army Serial Number:
12049983 1
Enlistment Place:
Newark New Jersey 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Machinists 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0083 1
Film Reel Number: 1.76 1

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S/Sgt Herbert E Rodgers KIA 31 March, 1943, Sea-Sweep

North Africa

Herb with his parents prior to going over seas,  likely Dec. 1942
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Herbert E Rodgers;  KILLED IN ACTION On 31 March 1943
448th Bombardment Squadron War Diary:
On March 31, 1943, on a low element sea sweep (Bombing Mission) over the Mediterranean Sea, Off of Northeastern Tunisia, the first battle casualties of the squadron occurred. 2 Crews, (13 Men), and 2 Planes were Lost,1st Lt. Hess, McKinney; 2nd Lts: Campbell, Welton; S/Sgts: Cookman, Hines, Kirol, McGinnis, McMurray, Ratajczyk, Rodgers, Headings and Lottes were shot down into the Mediterranean Sea by enemy fighters. The mission however did succeed in sinking two enemy ships.

At 12:45 15 planes off to bomb on sea sweep, over the Mediterranean Sea. 14 (planes) dropped 84 x 500 bombs. 12 planes back at 17:05. One landed at Bone. Met convoy, lower element (48) claims M/V (Military Vessel) broken in two, one M/V (Military Vessel) left sinking, one left burning. 4 E/A (Enemy Aircraft) destroyed. About 50 E/A (Enemy Aircraft) attacked 2 B-25’s (Lts: Hess and McKinney) shot down. Intense, heavy accurate flak, balloon barrage. Bombing was at 100-200 feet. Weather: Clear.

Own Aircraft Losses: Two. B-25C 41-13209 and B-25C 41-13205. One by flak and 1455 hours - 37°35’N, 10°47’E; the other by fighters at 1512 hours - 37°48’N, 10°27E.

Low Element
A/C No. 41-13205 (MACR-14578 “Lost at Sea.
Aircraft was lost to enemy aircraft and anti-aircraft”)
P: McKinney, Charles A., 1Lt~KIA
CP: Campbell, John F., 2Lt~KIA
N: None
B: Kirol, Edward A., S/Sgt~KIA
E: Ratajczyk, Thomas S., S/Sgt~KIA
R: Headings, Boyd V., S/Sgt-KIA
G: McGinnis, Lofton F., S/Sgt~KIA
F: Lottes, Richard O., Sgt(ASV)~KIA 

A/C No. 41-13209 "Trouble" (MACR-14579 "Lost at Sea.  Aircraft waslost to enemy aircraft and anti-aircraft")
P->Hess, Robert G., 1Lt - KIA
CP->Welton, Mert J., 2Lt - KIA
N->None
B->McMurray, Walter J., S/Sgt - KIA
E->Rodgers, Herbert E., S/Sgt - KIA
R->Cookman, Harold F., S/Sgt - KIA
G->Hines, Ralph V., S/Sgt - KIA

Herb Rodgers /KIA WWII N. Africa 31 March, 1943

Herbert Rodgers, prior to leaving for "Over-Seas"... probably in SC, Columbia or Walterboro
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31 May, 2013;  From Herb's best friend (High-school?)

 

 

 

********  31 May, 1013

Dear Ms. Connolly- Herbert Rodgers was my father's best friend. I was delighted to find your web page, with photos of him and the plane in which he gave his life. My father (we lost him in 1990) would have been pleased. Herb Rodgers was lost March 31, 1943. My brother - named Herbert, after Herb Rodgers - was born March 30, 1944. I have some photos and letters which I could scan and send to you. You can decide whether they could be included in the web page. Some of the photos are of Herb Rodgers with his parents at a going-away party, apparently prior to his going overseas. Please let me know if you would be interested in these items. I look forward to hearing from you. Leo Meire   *********   Barbi Ennis Connolly, PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com  321st Bomb Group Historian. 321st BG Historical Research Team;  John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barb Ennis Connolly

 

 

Herb Rodgers, 321stBG, 448thBS, KIA 31 Mar.'43

North Africa

This is the hand-written story as told by a Crew Member flying off the wong of the doomed B-25's...

http://www.justinmuseum.com/oralbio/gurneecebio.html

 

"Shine" Garnee was a B-25 Combat Top-Turret Aerial Gunner on this sad and dangerous Sea-Sweep Mission.

448th Special Accounts; 

            On March 31 on a low element sea sweep the first battle casualty of the squadron occurred.  1st Lts: Hess, McKinney; 2nd Lts:  Campbell, Welton; S/Sgts:  Cookman, Hines, Kirol, McGinnis, McMurray, Ratajczyk, Rodgers, Headings and Lottes were shot down into the Mediterranean Sea by enemy fighters.  The mission however did succeed in sinking two enemy ships.

 

Barbi Ennis Connolly;  321st BG Historian PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com

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