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Harry William Rocklage Jr


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME, National Defense, UN and Korean medal.

Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean conflict, lost aboard B-29 44-86415 on 19-Sep-51.



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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born St Louis, MO 26 July 1923

Son of Harry William Snr and Alma C [Ziercher] Rocklage.

Enlisted St Louis, MO 1 December 1942

St Louis, Missouri

Based Kimbolton June 1944 – September 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Yokota AB, Japan 1951

343rd Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Wing.

Died Sea of Japan 19 September 1951

Whilst on a leaflet dropping mission, his B-29 aircraft developed engine problems and ditched in the Sea of Japan. Posted MIA and updated to FOD.

Buried Tablets of the Missing Honolulu Memorial, HI 1952

Tablets of the Missing
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Honolulu County, HI

Buried National Korean War Veterans, Washington, DC 1952

National Korean War Veterans Memorial
Washington, DC

Buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, MO 1953

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay, St. Louis County, MO