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Ens Robert Freeman Rogers

Ens Robert Freeman Rogers

Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 22 Dec 1941 (aged 26)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56790733 · View Source
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Robert graduated from Northeastern University on 20 June 1938 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering.

He did flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, and graduated from pilot training on 13 October 1939. He was granted rank of Ensign on 1 October 1939. He was assigned to the USS Pensacola, a cruiser, as pilot of a scout observation seaplane, the Curtiss SOC-1 Seagull.

He married Ethyl Mae Dubbs Sept. 22, 1941, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The following from: ( (dated 8/25/2014))

Loss of a Curtiss SOC Seagull in the Sea off Brisbane, Queensland, on December 22, 1941

The USS Pensacola was escorting a convoy of ships that had originally been headed for the Philippines. Plans were changed after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Initially the Pensacola convoy continued steaming towards the Philippines but on 9 December 2013 it was initially ordered to return to Pearl Harbor but this was quickly changed and it was ordered to head for Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.
At 0019 hours on 22 December 1941 the Pensacola convoy sighted the Moreton Point lighthouse about 30 miles away on Moreton Island.
A Curtiss SOC-1 Seagull floatplane, 5-CS-10 (Bu. No. 9977) of Detachment C of the Heavier Than Air Cruiser Scouting Squadron Five, Cruiser Division Five, was launched from the USS Pensacola at 0609 hours for an anti-submarine patrol during the entry of the convoy into Moreton Bay, the entrance to the port of Brisbane. The aircraft was last seen at 0800 hours that day. The Accident Report states that the aircraft was catapulted from USS Pensacola at 0558 hours whereas USS Pensacola records show it as 0609 hours.
The USS Pensacola moored alongside Newstead Wharf in Brisbane at 1246 hours on 22 December 2013 while the rest of the convoy remained anchored off the Pile Light in Moreton Bay.
At 1300 hours the alarm was raised when the Curtis SOC-1 Seagull had not returned to the USS Pensacola by 1030 hours. Two other Curtiss SOC-1 Seagulls (5-CS-9 and 5-CS-12) were launched to conduct a search for the missing floatplane. Australian shore based aircraft assisted with the search. The two other SOC-1 Seagulls returned from their search and were hoisted aboard USS Pensacola at 1813 hours and 1819 hours. The Royal Australian Navy District Naval Officer was also requested to assist in any possible way.
The search for the missing floatplane was discontinued after an early morning search flight on 24 December 1941. The floatplane was given up as lost. The loss of the aircraft was reported to the Secretary of the Navy via Cincpac.

The two aircrew members lost in this accident were:
Ensign Robert F. Rogers A-V (N) United States Naval Reserve, Service No. 0-081562, and
RM1c Glen Dwayne Saxton, United States Navy, Service No. 3212801.
The USS Pensacola carried four Curtiss SOC-1 Seagulls.

Robert served as a Ensign, U.S. Navy during World War II
Robert was declared "Missing In Action" in the "Line Of Duty" of a non-battle related incident during the war.
Service # 0-081562

(Original Bio: by Russ Pickett )

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Gravesite Details Entered the service from New Hampshire.




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  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
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