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Glenn H Rojohn

Military

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Piggy-back pilot, Hamburg mission. Shot down 31-Dec-44 in B-17 42-31987. 'The Little Skipper' Prisoner of War (POW).
Rode the piggybacked bombers to earth, miraculously survived crash along with co-pilot when lower bomber exploded upon impact and projected 'The Little Skipper' into the air whereupon it landed and ploughed through a building.

Awards: DFC, AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • James Shirley

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359. ...

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31987 'Shilaylee' 'The Little Skipper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Romulus 23/2/44; Grenier 28/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-A] Thorpe Abbotts 10/3/44; 418BS [LD-D]; Missing in Action Misburg 31/12/44 with Glen Rojohn, Co-pilot: Bill Leek, Navigator: Bob Washington,...

Missions

  • 772

    31 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Greenock, Pennsylvania, USA 6 April 1922

Son of Harry D and Selma E [Beulshausen] Rojohn.

Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 29 September 1942
Based Thorpe Abbotts 1944 – 31 December 1944

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 31 December 1944 – May 1945

Piggy-back pilot, Hamburg mission. Shot down 31-Dec-44 in B-17 42-31987. 'The Little Skipper' Prisoner of War (POW).

Crash landed Kleingärtnerverein Rüstringen e.V., Neuengrodener Weg 50, 26386 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 31 December 1944

Piggy-back pilot, Hamburg mission. Shot down 31-Dec-44 in B-17 42-31987. 'The Little Skipper' Prisoner of War (POW).

Buried Greenock, PA, USA August 2003

Peace Lutheran Cemetery
Greenock
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

Died McKeesport, PA, USA 1 August 2003

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2017 11:53:58 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46703402
https://www.fold3.com/page/83835879-glenn-h-rojohn/facts
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7778933

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11550 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self; 100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001; MACR 11550

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