BARNEY ANDREW ROGERS

Laid to rest at the Field of Honour

 

Born: 3rd February 1923, Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada.

Died: 11th September 1942; age: 19; Drowned off Clacton-on-Sea, Essex – flying accident. Served 484 days.

Enlistment Details: Location: Moncton Recruiting Centre, New Brunswick; Date: 16th May 1941; age: 18; Occupation: Student/Farm Labourer during summer; Religion: Baptist. Height: 5ft 9ins, medium complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair & hair on face – dark. Tattoo of Heart & Banner on left forearm.

 

References for Barney’s character and ability were written by Police Magistrate – W.R. Trafford of East Florenceville, New Brunswick and the Director of Vocational School – R.W. Maxwell, of Woodstock, New Brunswick.

 

A summary of  Barney’s interview report records: Good appearance. Keen intelligence. Anxious to fly as pilot. Alert & quick in his actions. Very good material. Recommended – Pilot.

 

Enlisted: Aircraftman 2.

Re-class: Leading Aircraftman – 21st August 1941.

Promoted: T/Sergeant: 30th March 1942.

Disembarked UK: 12th May 1942.

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Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: R/99252.

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force, 16 Operational Training Unit.

 

Medals Awarded: 1939-1945 Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal + Clasp, War Medal. Posthumously awarded R.C.A.F. Operational Wings – In recognition of gallant service in action against the enemy, the 27th March 1946.

 

Grave Reference:

C.31.33.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Nelson Burt Rogers & Lottie Gaunce Rogers, of Fielding, New Brunswick, Canada.

 

Father: Nelson Burt Rogers, born July 1880, Glassville, Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada. A Farmer.

Mother: Lottie Hazel Rogers (nee Gaunce), born June 1888, Riley Brook, Victoria County, New Brunswick, Canada.

 

Barney attended:

Fielding School – 1929 – 1937 – General Studies.

Bristol High School – 1937 – 1939 – Science, Geometry, French, Algebra and Literature.

Carleton County Vocational School – Fall 1940 – Spring 1941 – Mathematics, English, Agricultural & Farm Mechanics.

During the summer holidays from 1937 – 1941 he helped on his father’s farm. He left the farm to join the R.C.A.F. Barney wanted to do flying duties and to be a Pilot.

 

Hobbies: Hunting, skiing, swimming, baseball, reading & checkers.

 

Barney’s brother, Paul Amos Rogers also lost his life in the Second World War, he was killed in a flying accident in a Hudson bomber, BW 401 on the night of the 10th August 1942, when the aircraft stuck high ground at Dalhousie Mountain, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada and completely disintegrated. Paul was 22 years old, ranked a Pilot Officer, service number J/15115 of the Royal Canadian Air Force, 31 Operational Training Unit. Paul was laid to rest at Edmonton Cemetery, Alberta, Canada.

 

11th September 1942

 

Aircraft: Wellington; Serial Number: R1346; Operation: Düsseldorf.

Engine failure caused the aircraft to ditch near the sluice gates at Holland-on-Sea, Essex. 1 of 5 Wellingtons were lost on this operation.

Crew: Albert Edwin Sedin; Sergeant; age: 34; R.A.F.V.R.

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