Corp George H Sortwell

Corp George H Sortwell

Birth
Indiana, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 20–21)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250475 · View Source
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George served as a Corporal, 322nd Fighter Control Squadron, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Marion County, Indiana prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 10, 1942 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in Packing, filling, labeling, marking, and bottling, and also as Single, with dependents.

George 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 35567877

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250475
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp George H Sortwell (1922–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250475, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .