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FLYING OFFICER

M. H. ROGERS

PILOT

ROYAL AIR FORCE

17TH AUGUST 1940
AGE 25

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FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH

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Son of Lieut. Harold Sidney Rogers, R.N.V.R. (killed in action, 2nd February, 1918), and of Helena May Rogers, of Boscombe, Bournemouth, Hampshire.


Flying Officer Mark Hubbard Rogers was a pilot with the Royal Air Force, 102 Squadron. On 16 August 1940, he and four other crew – flying an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V, serial N1382 – were among 150 planes that took off from Royal Air Force Driffield in Yorkshire shortly after 8 p.m. The mission of N1382 was to bomb a Messerschmidt manufacturing facility near the city of Augsburg. Of the 150 Blenheims, Hampdens, Wellingtons and Whitleys that set off, 118 aircraft reported bombing successfully; seven aircraft, including N1382, were lost. The cause of N1382’s crash isn’t known, but it crashed near the summit of the Hochlichtspitze mountain in the Walser Valley west of Lech, near Vorarlberg, Austria.

All five crew were killed. They are buried in a collective grave at Klagenfurt War Cemetery, each commemorated with his own gravestone.

From left to right they are Sergeant W. F. Haywood, Sergeant S. G. Jermond, Sergeant J. Patterson, Sergeant M. W. J. Pollard, and Flying Officer M. H. Rogers.

(You can find more information about the fate of N1382 here, courtesy of Ed Williams.)

(Last updated 13 June 2023)