2Lt Harry L. Kitch

2Lt Harry L. Kitch

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 28)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56248207 · View Source
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Harry served as a Second Lieutenant, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Mercer County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on May 21, 1942 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Author, editor, and/or reporter and also as Single, without dependents.

Harry 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.

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

He was awarded the "Bronze Star" and the Purple Heart.

Service # O1107521

Harry also has a "cenotaph" in the Shenango Valley Cemetery, Greenville, Pennsylvania.
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( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56248207
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Harry L. Kitch (13 Sep 1915–27 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56248207, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .