ROGERS, ROBERT MCCONNELL, Staff Sergeant, # 35715093, USAAF
Robert M. “Mac” Rogers was born on 28 December 1921 in Smith, Posey Co., Indiana, to Narvel Knowles Rogers (1897-1983) and Vada “Ida” M. (McConnell) Rogers (1897-1977). Siblings were Lillian Ruth Rogers (1920-1934), James Eugene Rogers (1927-2005), Bettie Joe Rogers (1931- ), and Richard Glen Rogers (1936-2000). He was married to Dora Rogers, 433 E. 21st St., Los Angeles, California.
He enlisted in the USAAF. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 29 January 1946 a C-46D Commando, # 44-78226, assigned to the China theater of war, 513th Troop Carrier Group, 330th Troop Carrier Squadron, Shanghai, China, departed the airfield at Tsinan, China, on a passenger and cargo flight to Shanghai. The C-46 made it to Shanghai but because of ground fog, could not land. The pilot was instructed to fly 5 minutes north of the airfield beacon and have all crew and passengers bail out. This was done at 5,000’ altitude but they landed in the Yangtze River and were lost. The C-46 crashed on land 15 miles northwest and was searched. On 4 March 1946 the remains of Campbell and Naberzy were recovered from Yangtze River and buried in an American military cemetery Shanghai, China. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial is in the Liberty Cemetery, Cythiana, Posey Co., Indiana.
His brother, James E. Rogers, born 12 May 1927, served in the U.S. Navy from 26 May 1945 to 4 August 1946. He died 31 August 2005 and is buried in the Liberty Cemetery, Cythiana, Posey Co., Indiana.