RODGERS, William Kenneth
- 19 years
- Wellington Mk. III, BK501
- 25th January 1944
On completion he was sent to No. 1 Manning Depot in Toronto where he learned the basic theory of flight and the mechanics of flight. It was here that it was decided that he would be serve as an air gunner; however, he was missing some educational qualifications and was sent To Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario for a month to take the necessary course. On 11 June 1943, Leading Aircraftman Rodgers began his air gunner training at No. 2 Air Gunners Ground Training School at Trenton, Ontario where he learned the theory of air gunnery after which he went to No. 9 Bombing and Gunnery School at Mont Joli, Quebec to conduct the practical training. Having completed all his courses Leading Aircraftman Rodgers was promoted to sergeant and after two weeks leave proceeded to the UK.
As part of their training, OTU crews would participate in mine laying and leaflet dropping operations to build teamwork and prepare for operational missions.
On the night of 25 January 1944, with their training almost complete, Sergeant Rodgers and the rest of his crew took off at 7:22 PM in Wellington BK501 to drop leaflets on Granville, France. They did not return from this mission. Sergeant Rodgers was 19 years old at the time of his death.