Remembrance Day 2018 – William Herbert Rogers (1920-1944)

This blog is all about remembering the Fallen and also those who survived.

A flight 23 Squadron Naples 10 November 1943

Collection Theo Griffiths (courtesy Richard Cooper)

According to my genealogical research, William Herbert Rogers was born on April 8, 1920, in Teignmouth, Devon, England. His father was William Morrott Rogers and his mother was Ellen Elizabeth Passmore (maiden name to be validated). He had one brother Earnest and two sisters Ada Winifred and Nellie (to be validated also). 

Mosquito FB Mark VI, serial HJ674, of 23 Squadron, was lost in an intruder mission over Sorbolo in the Province of Parma. The plane took off from Alghero, Sardinia, in the night of February 6,1944. The crew was F/Lt (64901) David Leslie Porter (pilot) RAFVR was taken prisoner and F/O (147669) William Herbert ROGERS (navigator) RAFVR – was killed.

F/Lt David Leslie Porter survived and became a prisoner of war. He was taken to Stalag Luft 3 according to my research. His navigator is buried in the Milan War Cemetery.

William Herbert Rogers is remembered on this Website.

Readers have contributed to this blog since 2010 when it was first created. RAF 23 Squadron was unknown to me as well as the pilots and navigators. Little by little my knowledge grew with each comment. Since 2010 there were more than 1,000 comments made.

This is post No. 420 which follows post No. 419.

Someday someone will probably comment on William Herbert Rogers or David Leslie Porter who survived the war. If this happens, my interest about 23 Squadron will be rekindled once more, and I will write another post.

This blog is all about remembering the Fallen and also those who survived.

William Herbert Rogers and David Leslie Porter are probably on this group picture. I have no way to tell. 


A Flight 23 Squadron
10 November 1943

8 thoughts on “Remembrance Day 2018 – William Herbert Rogers (1920-1944)

  1. I am the daughter of David Leslie Porter who was a prisoner of war in Stalagluft 3 back in 1944. If you want to know what he did after the war I will be very happy to help.

    1. Dear Ms Gilchrist, I am one of the Directors of The People’s Mosquito Ltd. We are restoring a Mosquito FB.VI (in the UK), similar to the one your Father flew. You can learn more about our project here We have a very active Members’ Club, and also publish an online Quarterly Journal, ‘Mossie Bites’. We would be delighted to hear from you!

    1. I forgot to mention that my father spent sometime in Canada at Goose Bay training RAF pilots including Jimmy Edwards , a well known comedian who is also sadly now dead. I don’t know how long he was stationed there but would be interested to hear about it.

      Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

      1. You must have your father’s log book. Everything is there when he was flying a plane.

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