Corp John J Durkin

Death 26 Nov 1943
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Section A Row 13 Grave 7
Memorial ID 56246722 · View Source
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John served as a Corporal, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war.

John was a passenger on the HMT Rohna.

The Rohna and four other troop ships left Oran in French Algeria with cargo and troops. Off Béjaïa, Algeria the convoy was attacked by an estimated 60 German Luftwaffe Heinkel 177's. One of the 177's, piloted by Hans Dochtermann, released a glide bomb that hit Rohna on her port side and she eventually sank.

1,138 men were killed, including 1,015 U.S. personnel. The attack is the largest loss of US troops at sea due to enemy action in a single incident. 35 U.S. troops of the 2,000 originally embarked later died of wounds.

John "Died Of Injuries" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 32550629

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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