16/17.08.1940 102 Squadron Whitley V N1382 DY-A P/O. Mark H. Rogers
Operation: Augsburg Germany (Aircraft factory)
Date: 16/17th August 1940 (Saturday/Sunday)
Unit: No. 102 Squadron
Type: Whitley MkV
Base: RAF Driffield
Location: Crashed in the Walser Valley (Vorarlberg) Austria
Pilot: F/O. Mark Hubbard Rogers 40432 RAF Age 25. Killed
Pilot 2: Sgt. Maurice William James Pollard 742311 RAF Age ? Killed
Obs: Sgt. Sidney George Jermond 524198 RAF Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Patterson 631112 RAF Age 20. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Walter Frank Haywood 628965 RAF Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Driffield in Yorkshire at 20:11 hrs to bomb the Messerschmidt works in the city of Augsburg. Some 150 aircraft taking part on this and other targets in Germany and Holland.
Shot down by flak, crashing at 00:30hrs on Hochlichspitze Mountain. The former owner of a cottage in the area, Mr. Rupert Pioner after burying the crew placed one the propellers as a memorial to the crew.
F/O. Mark Hubbard Rogers. Klagenfurt War Cemetery, Austria. Coll. grave 5. D. 3-7. Son of Lieut. Harold Sidney Rogers, RNVR (Age 36 when killed in action, 2nd February, 1918), and of Helena May Rogers, of Boscombe, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.
Sgt. Maurice William James Pollard. Klagenfurt War Cemetery, Austria. Coll. grave 5. D. 3-7. No further details - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Sidney George Jermond. Klagenfurt War Cemetery, Austria. Coll. grave 5. D. 3-7. No further details - are you able to assist?
Sgt. James Patterson. Klagenfurt War Cemetery, Austria. Coll. grave 5. D. 3-7. Son of Alexander Patterson, and of Elspet Patterson, of New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Sgt. Walter Frank Haywood. Klagenfurt War Cemetery, Austria. Coll. grave 5. D. 3-7. Son of Walter Howard Haywood and Dorothy Haywood, of South Norwood, Surrey, England.
Lt. Harold Sidney Rogers. RNVR. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Son of Herbert and Grace Mary Rogers, of Westgate-on-Sea, husband of Helena May Rogers, of 5, Harvey Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth, England. At the time serving on the armed Patrol Boat Remindo a former trawler. Hit a mine claimed to have been placed by SM UC-79 and sunk in the English Channel off Portland - 20 of the crew were lost.
Researched for Aircrew Remembered by Michel Beckers, January 2016. With thanks to Peter Clich, John Carr for crash site, base photographs - others from the collection on Michel Beckers. Also thanks to Trawler Photos UK for ‘Remindo’ photo.