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    Default 520777 Sgt W.H. Rogers, 158 Sqdn, d. 19/07/42

    Hi All

    Please can anyone supply any info on the above?

    TIA

    Regards,
    Aubrey

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    Hi Aubrey,

    according to:http://www.158squadron.co.uk

    Last Name ROGERS
    First Names WILLIAM HENRY
    Service Number 520277
    Rank Sergeant
    Service Royal Air Force
    Trade Flight Engineer
    Fate Killed on Active Service
    Squadron
    Awards with 158 Squadron
    Awards with other Squadrons
    Foreign Awards
    Post War Awards
    Posted in date 1942-06-22
    From Unit St. Athan
    Pilot 1 DILLON 1378506

    So he was killed in crew of:


    Last Name DILLON
    First Names PATRICK JOSEPH
    Service Number 1378506
    Rank Sergeant
    Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Trade Pilot
    Fate Killed on Active Service
    Squadron
    Awards with 158 Squadron
    Awards with other Squadrons
    Foreign Awards
    Post War Awards
    Posted in date 1942-03-01
    From Unit
    Pilot 1 SELF

    Also the crew is available:

    The following Airmen have been identified as having flown at some time with Pilot
    PATRICK JOSEPH DILLON 1378506
    Service No. Last Name First Names Trade
    1287874 DAVIES ERIC Air Gunner
    1375106 DAVIS JAMES GEORGE EDWARD Wireless Operator
    653037 FORGIE ROBERT Air Gunner
    116025 PEARS ANGUS RICHARDSON Observer
    520277 ROGERS WILLIAM HENRY Flight Engineer
    1331702 WATKINS ARTHUR ERNEST Navigator

    loss details:

    20. 7. 42 - 02.52 Halifax II W1162 lost in Nordzee (30 km N from Terchelling) according to http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1942%20sec_tcm5-7283.pdf

    Pavel
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    Also the fate looks clear - according to claim list by Tony Wood http://www.lesbutler.ip3.co.uk/tony/tonywood.htm there was only one claim my German night fighter and just Halifax:


    Night Phase: 19-20. July 1942
    Reichsverteidigung: R.A.F. Bomber Command: EMDEN
    20.07.42 Oblt. Rudolf Schoenert 4./NJG 2 Halifax  - 02.51 Film C. 2031/I Nr.104213/43

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    From BCL 1942 Chorley and CWGC:
    158 Squadron Halifax Mk. II. Serial Number: W1162. Coded: NP-D. Operation: Bremen (Vegesack). 19th /20th July 1942. W1162 was one of two 158 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation. See: W1179. Airborne 23:56 19th Jul ‘42 from East Moor. Oblt Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weissenfeld and Major Helm, both of 11./NJG2 reported combats at 02:52 and 02:40 respectively. Evidence suggests they may have been responsible for the loss of these two Halifaxes. Four of the crew are buried in Sage War Cemetery, the others have no known graves.

    Name: DILLON, PATRICK JOSEPH. Initials: P J. Rank: Sergeant (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 158 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 19/07/1942. Service No: 1378506
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 7. C. 11. Cemetery: SAGE WAR CEMETERY

    Name: ROGERS, WILLIAM HENRY. Initials: W H. Rank: Sergeant (Flt. Engr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force. Unit Text: 158 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 19/07/1942. Service No: 520277
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 7. C. 12. Cemetery: SAGE WAR CEMETERY

    Name: WATKINS, ARTHUR ERNEST. Initials: A E. Rank: Sergeant (Obs.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 158 Sqdn.
    Age: 21. Date of Death: 19/07/1942. Service No: 1331702
    Additional information: Son of Arthur Ernest and Edith Watkins, of Norwood, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 7. C. 6. Cemetery: SAGE WAR CEMETERY

    Name: REDLER, DOUGLAS ARTHUR. Initials: D A. Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 158 Sqdn.
    Age: 25. Date of Death: 20/07/1942. Service No: 1169796
    Additional information: Son of George Henry and Gertrude May Redler, of Bristol.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 92. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Name: SEYMOUR, RICHARD HENRY CREED. Initials: R H C. Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 158 Sqdn.
    Age: 21. Date of Death: 20/07/1942. Service No: 1166511
    Additional information: Son of the Revd. Archibald Thomas Seymour and Mary Seymour, of Swallowfield Vicarage, Berkshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 93. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Name: GODFERY, HERBERT EDWARD. Initials: H E. Nationality: New Zealand
    Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.). Regiment/Service: R.N.Z.A.F.. Unit Text: 158 (R.A.F.) Sqdn.
    Age: 23. Date of Death: 20/07/1942. Service No: 405482
    Additional information: Son of Herbert Edward and Evelina Maria Godfery, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 7. E. 14. Cemetery: SAGE WAR CEMETERY and

    Name: FORGIE, ROBERT. Initials: R. Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force. Unit Text: 158 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 20/07/1942. Service No: 653037
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 83. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.

    Edit: I'm just too slow!!
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    Ooops so not so clear as I thought:-)

    Thanks for cross check Kevin!

    Pavel
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    Default Sgt W. H. Rogers

    Hi Pavel

    Thank you for your prompt and informative responses

    I am sure that his relatives, too, will be very grateful for your help

    Kind regards,
    Aubrey

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    No problem Aubrey, I am very pleased I was able to help. And as always - the help to the relatives is our extinction of a debt to the "fallen".

    Pavel
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    Default Sgt W. H. Rogers

    Hi Kevin

    Having replied to Pavel I've just seen your input for which we are extremely grateful

    Kind regards,
    Aubrey

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    Aubrey,

    From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Two: Fates 1915-1942)':

    Sun 19/Mon 20 Jul 1942

    Raid on Vegesack, Germany (by 99 aircraft - 5 lost)
    158 Squadron, RAF (East Kirkby, Lincolnshire - 4 Group)
    Halifax II W1162/D - took off at 2356 captained by Sgt P J Dillon, RAF, and brought down over the coast near the German-Dutch border. Three crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The bodies of their four comrades were recovered, that of the air bomber and at least two others washing up on the island of Borkum to be buried in the Lutheran Cemetery there. All four were later reinterred on the German mainland at Sage, 24km south of Oldenburg.
    Air Bomber: NZ405482 Sgt Herbert Edward GODFERY, RNZAF - Age 23. 132hrs. 2nd op.

    And bio from Vol Three:

    GODFERY, Sergeant Herbert Edward.
    NZ405482; b Dargaville 6 Nov 18; Waiuku DHS; fireman - NZR, Frankton. NZ Army/TF (1st Auckland Regt) 1½ yrs; RNZAF Levin/GTS as Air Gunner u/t 22 Dec 40, emb for Canada 30 Jan 41, att RCAF 16 Feb 41, 3WS 18 Feb 41 [hosp 20-24 Jun], 4BGS 7 Jul 41, Air Gunners Badge & remust as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner & Sgt 4 Aug 41, 1 Y Depôt 10 Aug 41, att RAF & emb for UK 15 Aug 41, 3PRC 15 Sep 41, 1SS 29 Sep 41, 10OTU (Whitley) 27 Dec 41, 158 Sqn (Halifax - 2 ops) 15 Jun 42, kao 20 Jul 42. Sage War Cemetery - 7.E.14, Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. Son of Herbert Edward & Evelina Maria Godfery (née MacVicar, later Condon), Papakura. [phot. TWN 2.9.42].

    Errol

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    Default Sgt W.H. Rogers

    Hi Errol

    When I saw that there was a New Zealander in the crew I thought that you would be chipping in with an entry from your admirable tome 'For Your Tomorrow'

    Sure enough, I've just come in to find just that so many thanks for coming to my aid yet again

    Kind regards,
    Aubrey

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