ROGUS, PAUL R., Staff Sergeant, # 16150311, USAAF
Paul R. Rogus was born on 26 July 1920 in Clarence, Pennsylvania, to Paul George Rogus (1882-1962) (Poland) and Victoria Mary (Wesoly) Rogus (1880-1955) (Poland). Siblings included Mary Victoria Rogus (1905-1958), Andrew Charles Rogus (1906-1975), Sophia C. (Rogus) Kieltyka (1908-2001), Ann Victoria (Rogus) Kustra (1911-1995), Pauline Frances Rogus (1914-2001), Helen Mary Rogus (1916-2007), Charles Ralph (adopted Christian name Kazimir) Rogus (1918-1996), Edward John Rogus (1923-2012), and David Richard Rogus (1925-1995) and two brothers. He was a graduate of the Bellefonte High School in 1939.
He enlisted in the USAAF in Detroit, Michigan, on 10 November 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as an armorer and gunner, responsible for the maintenance and function of the weapons on the B-29 Superfortress (except bombs) and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. He was a right waist gunner. On 28 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-24706, “Windy City II,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron (of which Lt.Col. Hennin was Commander), departed the airfield at Kharagpur, India, on a training flight over Halliday Island and return. He was the radio-gunner. The # 3 engine was losing power, then caught fire. The Kidde system (fire surpression) was activated and the fire was under control. The electrical system was deactivated. SSgt Metzger was sent to turn on the “putt-putt” (small generator) and did so. As it was activated, the entire right wing exploded. King, Salisbury, Metzger, Dilioway, Davis and Vavra bailed out and saw the B-29 roll over twice as it went down. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Sain Michael’s Cemetery, Clarence, Pennsylvania. He was awarded the Air Medal.
His brother, Charles R. Rogus, born 11 April 1918, enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Custer, Michigan, on 4 February 1942. He died on 23 September 1996 and is buried in the Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Clarence, Pennsylvania.
His brother, Edward J. Rogus, born 16 January 1923, served in the USAAF, # 13146140, from 8 December 1942 to honorable discharge on 28 November 1945 at Patterson USAAF Field, Ohio. He was overseas from 7 June 1943 to 30 September 1943.
His brother, David R. Rogus, born 17 August 1925, served in the U.S. Army, Private First Class, during the Korean War from 31 January 1949 to 19 September 1951. He died on 7 October 1995 and is buried in the Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Clarence, Pennsylvania.