Tec5 James Thomas Hill

Tec5 James Thomas Hill

Grandview, Dawson County, Texas, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56247688 · View Source
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James served as a Technician Fifth Grade, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Harris County, Texas prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 8, 1943 in Houston, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the refining of petroleum and also as Single, without dependents.

James 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.

James was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 38411775

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56247688
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec5 James Thomas Hill (10 Oct 1923–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56247688, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by James Durham (contributor 46994633) .