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SSgt Robert Clayton Rogers

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SSgt Robert Clayton Rogers

Birth
Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Death 10 Apr 1945 (aged 21)
Lugo, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Plot Plot: C Row: 14 Grave: 4
Memorial ID 56366303 View Source

He was the son of Andy C Rogers and Adelaide E (McGown) Rogers.

Rogers was the flight engineer / gunner on B-24L #44-49710, assigned to the 15th Air Force, 464th Bombardment Group, 779th Bombardment Squadron. The plane was named Stevenovich II, after the pilot's son. The aircraft was also known as 'Black Nan'.

They were flying from Pantanella Air Base on a bombing mission against Lugo Italy to support ground forces of the the British 8th Army. Right after releasing the bombs the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire on the left wing which caught fire and broke apart. The plane turned over and started tumbling. The radar operator, 1st Lieutnant Edward F. Walsh, was thrown clear and was able to parachute to the ground where he was taken prisoner. The other ten men aboard were killed.

Those killed were:

Lieutnant Colonel James Gilson, pilot.
Captain Charles Foote IV, co-pilot.
1st Lieutnant Robert O'Leary, navigator.
Captain Lacey Morton, navigator.
Captain George Wall, bombardier.
Sergent Jerrold Ruben, engineer/gunner
Sergent Charles Montegut jr, radio/gunner.
Sergent Robert Rogers, gunner.
Sergent Norman Cope, tail gunner.
Sergent Melvin Thomason, gunner.

Rogers received the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Gravesite Details

Entered the service from West Virginia.

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  • Maintained by: dfr
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56366303
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56366303/robert-clayton-rogers : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Robert Clayton Rogers (10 Jul 1923–10 Apr 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56366303, citing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209) .