LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Albert Ernest Edward ROGERS

Service No: 421828
Born: Rose bay NSW, 27 October 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 28 March 1942
Unit: No. 34 Operational Training Unit (RAF), Pennfield Ridge
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 34 Operational Training Ventura aircraft 678), New Brunswick, 29 May 1943, Aged 20 Years
Buried: St George Rural Cemetery, Charlotte County, New Brunswick
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Henry and Ivy Marian Rogers, of Lewisham, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Leura NSW
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Berger Memorial, Concord NSW

At 1845 hours on a day training flight on 29 May 1943, Ventura 678 attempted a forced landing, overshot the field and flew into trees. It crashed nine miles north west of St George, New Brunswick, and Sergeant Rogers was killed, and Sergeant Ellis slightly injured. It was suspected that the crash was due to the failure of the Pilot to change over the petrol tanks while in flight.

The crew members of Ventura 678 were:

Sergeant Albert Ernest Edward Rogers (421828) (Pilot)
Sergeant Leslie Albert Ellis (422151) (Wireless Air Gunner) Slightly injured, Died on Air Operations: 21 March 1945

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/36/73
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line