Norman J. Rogers; 1919-1944; USAAF airman; Rochester, New York, USA, Russelheim, Germany

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Norman J. Rogers; 1919-1944; USAAF airman; Rochester, New York, USA, Russelheim, Germany

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1919-1944

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Norman J. Rogers was born in Rochester, New York on 22 December 1919. He was the pilot of the B-24 'Wham! Bam! Thank You, Ma'm', in the 854th Bomb Squadron, when it was hit by flak over oil and aircraft industry targets near Hannover, Germany, 24 August 1944. The aircraft crashed near Greven, Germany. The crew were captured and all but Sgt Brininstool, who was badly wounded and taken to a military hospital, were taken by train towards the Dulag Luft interrogation centre at Oberursal, near Frankfurt. The train was stopped at Russelheim as a result of an RAF bombing mission to the Opel motor factory, which had also destroyed the railway line. Local people were angered by the damage and attacked the airmen, beating all but Sidney Brown and William Adams to death.

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Rochester, New York, USA; Russelheim, Germany

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GB/153/NM/10079

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Created on: 03/12/2018 by Catherine.Collins

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