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Cpt. Leo F. Rogers
721st Squadron





Distinguished Flying Cross



Bronze Star (2)



Air Medal (3)



European, African, Middle-East Campaign



American Defense Medal



WWII Victory Medal

Missions Flown (August 24, 1944 - March 21, 1945)

 

THURSDAY, 24 AUGUST 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

530+ B-17s and B-24s bomb marshalling yard at Vinkovci, Yugoslavia

US bombers and escorting fighters claim nearly 40 air victories.

 

TUESDAY, 29 AUGUST 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

550 bombers strike targets in  railway bridges at Ferrara, Italy

 

MONDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

400 B-17s and B-24s, with fighter escort, attack marshalling yards at Trento, Italy

 

FRIDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

354 B-17s and B-24s escorted by P-38s hit marshalling yards at Nish, Yugoslavia

 

TUESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

330 B-17s and B-24s supported by P-38s and P-51s bomb Munich/Allach engine works in Munich, Germany

 

SUNDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

440+ B-17s and B-24s, with fighter escort, attack 2 oil refineries and 4 marshalling yards in the Budapest, Hungary

This attack is an attempt to hit Germany's principal remaining oil supply and to aid the Soviet and other friendly forces on the S Russian front by pounding the focal rail traffic point in that area

 

WEDNESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

500 B-17s and B-24s escorted by P-38s and P-51s attack 3 railroad bridges at Budapest, Hungary

 

SATURDAY, 7 OCTOBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

350+ B-17s and B-24s bomb the Lobau and Schwechat oil refineries and Winterhafen oil depot in Vienna, Austria

 

THURSDAY, 12 OCTOBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

Around 700 B-17s and B-24s, with fighter support, pound ammunition and fuel dumps and depots, bivouac area, barracks, vehicle repair shop, munitions factory and targets of opportunity in the Bologna, Italy

This was called Operation PANCAKE, and was to support the US Fifth Army offensive in that sector. 

 

FRIDAY, 13 OCTOBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

650+ fighter escorted B-17s and B-24s bomb marshalling yards at Banhida, Hungary

 

TUESDAY, 17 OCTOBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

330+ heavy bombers attack the industrial area of Vienna, Austria, plus alternate targets and targets of opportunity including marshalling yards

 

MONDAY, 23 OCTOBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

500 B-24s and B-17s bomb a rail line in Brenner, Italy

The rail line rain North/South and was called Brenner Pass

 

TUESDAY, 31 OCTOBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

174 B-24s, dispatched against a target in Yugoslavia, are forced to return because of weather. 

 

MONDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

580+ fighter- escorted B-17s and B-24s bomb the Moosbierbaum oil refinery and South ordnance depot in Vienna, Austria

 

WEDNESDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

34 B-24s bomb troop concentrations at Nozipazor, Yugoslavia

  Heavy cloud over the targets forces 70+ to abort.

 

SUNDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

107 fighter-escorted B-24s strike at bridges at Ora, Italy 

Alternate target of Casarsa della Delizia railroad bridge and other various targets of opportunity in NE Italy including the Latisana railroad bridge and an airfield to the North were hit.

 

FRIDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

630+ B-17s and B-24s attack Floridsdorf oil refinery in Vienna, Austria, and other industry in and near Vienna.

 

WEDNESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

88 B-24s attack a bridge at Ferrara, Italy

 

THURSDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

During the night of November 29/30,  B-24s hit marshalling yards at Munich, Germany.

 

SATURDAY, 2 DECEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

500 B-17s and B-24s attack North and South oil refineries in Blechhammer, Poland.

 

SATURDAY, 16 DECEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

600 B-24s and B-17s bomb marshalling yards at Innsbruck, Austria and several scattered targets of opportunity;

 

TUESDAY, 19 DECEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

400+ B-24s and B-17s attack rail sidings and marshalling yard at Rosenheim, Germany.

 

FRIDAY, 29 DECEMBER 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

500 B-24s and B-17s bomb a rail line in Brenner, Italy

The rail line rain North/South and was called Brenner Pass

 

THURSDAY, 4 JANUARY 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

370+ B-24s and B-17s, escorted by 200+ fighters, bomb marshalling yards in Ora, Italy. 

 

FRIDAY, 19 JANUARY 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

400+ B-17s and B-24s attack North and South marshalling yards, a railroad bridge, and a highway bridge at Brod, Yugoslavia. 

Because of overcast, only 1 of 112 bombers sent against the Zagreb marshalling yard bombs the target while others abort.

 

THURSDAY, 1 FEBRUARY 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

300+ B-17s and B-24s, escorted by 270+ P-38s and P-51s, attack an oil refinery in Moosbierbaum, Austria.

 

WEDNESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

680 B-17s and B-24s, escorted by 274 P-38s and P-51s, bomb the Lobau, Floridsdorf, Korneuburg and Kagran oil refineries refineries and several scattered targets of opportunity in Vienna, Austria.

 

WEDNESDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

500+ B-24s and B-17s bomb marshalling yards and several scattered targets of opportunity in Zagreb, Yugoslavia

 

MONDAY, 19 FEBRUARY 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

500 B-24s and B-17s, escorted by about 220 P-51s and P-38s, bomb 2 marshalling yards and the South station area in Vienna, Austria.

 

THURSDAY, 22 FEBRUARY 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

350+ B-17s and B-24s, escorted by 300+ fighters, bomb 50+ separate communications targets, 25 marshalling yards and numerous railroad lines in Linz, Austria. 

This was called  Operation CLARION.

 

SUNDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

600+ B-17s and B-24s bomb 2 marshalling yards, the Linz benzol plant,  an ordnance depot, and several targets of opportunity in Linz, Austria.

 

SUNDAY, 4 MARCH 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

630+ B-24s and B-17s, with F-5s, P-38s and P-51s fighter escort, bomb 2 marshalling yards and several scattered targets of opportunity at Zagreb, Yugoslavia.

 

TUESDAY, 13 MARCH 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

569 B-24s and B-17s, escorted by 280+ P-38s and P-51s, bomb the marshalling yard at Regensburg, Germany.

 

FRIDAY, 16 MARCH 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

720+ B-24s and B-17s, escorted by 300+ fighters, bomb oil refineries and marshalling yards in Wiener Neustadet, Austria.

 

WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force):

660+ B-24s and B-17s, with fighter escorts, bomb the Neuburg an der Donau Airfield in Neuburg.



Information courtesy of Mike Alexander, grandson of Leo Rogers &
450th Bomb Group (H) The "Cottontails" of WWII and Turner Publishing Company

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