Sergeant James Menzies Rodger RAFVR

Crew Sergeant James Menzies Rodger
Service Number 171390 RAFVR – 1553399 RAFVR
Awards  
Awarded  
Citation  
Squadrons  No.623 – No.115 Squadrons
   
Known Movements (Postings) No.1651 Con Unit 07.10.1943 (Out)
  No.623 Squadron 08.10.1943 (In)
  No.1678 Con Unit 06.12.1943 (Out)
  No.115 Squadron 21.12.1943 (In)
   
Promotions 18.01.1944 promoted to A/P/O
   

Operations Flown with No.623 Squadron RAF Downham Market (Short Stirling Mk.III)

22.10.1943
Mining
Nectarines
EE876 IC-T

Veg planted, duty carried out.

24.10.1943
Mining
Nectarines
EJ121 IC-Q

Failed to get bomb doors open. Jettisoned two mines on way back, landed with 4 mines.

10.11.1943
Mining
La Rochelle
BK803 IC-U

 Planted mines successfully. Report compass unsynchronised.

18.11.1943
2nd Pilot
Flying Officer Wiseman & Crew
Mannheim
EE899 IC-C

Flying Officer Wiseman reported no ground detail visible, on runways two fires were seen south west of target. Photograph attempted. Duty carried out.

 

Operations Flown with No.115 Squadron RAF Witchford “C” Flight  (Avro Lancaster Mk.II)

 

23.12.1943
2nd pilot
W/O W Jolly DFM
BERLIN
DS827 KO-B

Identified target by means of green and red TI Markers. Bombed green TI markers from a height of 20,000ft. Well concentrated fires and a large explosion seen at 04.16hrs

29.12.1943
Pilot
BERLIN
DS827 KO-B

Bombed red target marker flares from 19,000ft. Terrific glow of fires and many explosions were seen. Photo was attempted

14.01.1944
Pilot
Brunswick
DS669 KO-K

Was forced to abandon the sortie owing to the rear turret being unserviceable and returned to base early after jettisoning his 4000lb HC but bring back his incendiaries.

20.01.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
DS669 KO-K

Forced to abandon the sortie due to rear turret being U/S and returned to base early after jettisoning safe the 4000lb and bring back the incendiaries.

27.01.19434
Pilot
Berlin
LL716 KO-K

Identified target by means of red and green markers on which he dropped his bombs from 19,500ft without observing any results. Unidentified aircraft was seen to explode in the air and crash in flames

15.02.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
LL716 A4-K

Identified target by means of red and green markers on which he dropped his bombs from 19,000ft Results considered not so good. Heavy flak.

19.02.1944
Pilot
Leipzig
LL716 A4-K

Was forced to abandon sortie due to rear turret guns becoming unserviceable.

20.02.1944
Pilot
Stuttgart
LL716 A4-K

Identified target by means of markers and bombed on centre of 8 green markers  on which he bombed from 19,000ft. Big glow of fires seen 100 miles away. Attack considered good. Photo attempted.

22.02.1944
Pilot
Schweinfurt
LL862 A4-S

Identified target by means of target markers and bombed on centre of markers  on which he bombed from 19,000ft.. Attack good. Many fires Glow of fires seen from 100 miles on homeward track . Photo attempted.

07.03.1944
Pilot
Le Mans
LL716 KO-K

Bombed glow of red TI from a height of 12,000ft. Attack appeared concentrated with many explosions observed. Photo attempted.

15.03.1944
Pilot
Stuttgart
LL693 A4-K

MISSING

James Menzies Rodgers

Pilot Officer James Menzies Rodger RAFVR

a4k_Crew

Sgt Baker, Sgt Casey, P/O Rodger, Sgt Werrell, Sgt Favager, Sgt Jory, Sgt Capstick. This photograph is believed to have been taken at RAF Downham Market. Just in view the Stirling’s unmistakable landing gear.

There is a wonderful web site in honour of the crew of Pilot Officer Rodger. The web site was created by Mike Casey son of the crews rear gunner. I strongly recommend that you visit this wonderful site and learn more about a very brave crew. http://lancasterll693.atwebpages.com/index.html

I would like to thank Mike personally for the use of the above two photographs. Thanks Mike !!

Notes;

Crew departed RAF Witchford at 19.34hrs. Of the original crew five were killed including the pilot, Pilot Officer James(Jim) Rodger. Sergeants R Favager, wireless operator and rear air gunner L J Casey survived.  Lawrence Casey was a seasoned veteran having previously completed an operational  tour with No.58 Squadron in 1940 flying the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley. On completion of his first operational tour he was posted as a gunnery instructor at various O.T.U’s.  The crew are buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery. The Lancaster crashed  1 km. east of Gallenhof in Althütte near Backnang following a Night fighter attack at 23.40hrs. A possible candidate is  Uffz. Gerhard Koch of 1./JG301 who made a claim  at 23.35hrs