Rohde, E. M

The Ernst M. Rohde crew: 711th Squadron

Rattlesden, undated

Standing L-R:
Lt Ernst “Bob” Rohde P
Lt Alan S. Cook CP
Lt Gordon F. Serrott B
Lt John D. Stockham N
Kneeling L-R:
Sgt Leonard C. Smith TG
Sgt Frank J. Wisniewski BTG
Sgt John P. Biscardi WG
Sgt Walter J. Hemhauser ENG
Sgt George W. Schwegel ROG

 

 


 

3/44-5/44 RTU, Ardmore, Oklahoma
5/44 Kearny, Nebraska
5/44 In Transit by air
6/44-2/45 711th Squadron, Rattlesden, UK
Missions flown: 30

 

Combat Missions

 

No. Date Target Aircraft
1 07/12/44 MUNICH N/A
2 07/13/44 MUNICH 42-38052
3 07/14/44 AREA 10, CADILLAC 44-6016 
4 07/16/44 STUTTGART 42-97900 “D”
5 07/24/44 ST. LO AREA 42-97497 Tuxedo Tommie 
6 07/25/44 ST. LO AREA 44-6016 
7 08/04/44 ARRAS-OSTEND  102441 TNT Katie
  08/05/44 MADGEBERG Abort – engine problems
8 08/08/44 BRETTEVILLE 42-97392 “F” Ramblin Wreck 
9 08/09/44 AACHEN N/A
  Reassigned for Lead Crew Training
10 09/22/44 KASSEL 42-107060 “G”
11 09/26/44 BREMEN 42-107060 “G”
12 10/07/44 MERSEBERG 42-97461 Skylark
  Due to battle damage, Rohde and crew made a forced landing in liberated Holland. The crew returned to base, but 42-97461 was later salvaged for parts where she landed.
13 10/25/44 HARBURG 42-97803
14 10/30/44 MERSEBURG 43-37531 Quien Sabe
18 11/02/44 MERSEBURG 42-97803
15 11/05/44 LUDWIGSHAFEN N/A
16 11/16/44 DUREN AREA 42-31582 Ol’ Scrapiron
17 12/04/44 MAINZ 43-38731 “X” Blythe Spirit (PFF)
19 12/15/44 HANOVER 42-31582 Ol’ Scrapiron
20 12/28/44 KOBLENZ 43-38731 “X” Blythe Spirit (PFF)
21 12/30/44 MANNHEIM 43-37774
22 01/01/45 DOLLBERGEN N/A
23 01/02/45 NALBACH- 43-38984 Umbriago (?)
24 01/16/45 DESSAU 43-38984 Umbriago (?)
25 01/20/45 HEILBRONN 43-38984 Umbriago (?)
26 02/01/45 WESSEL 43-38984 Umbriago (?)
27 02/06/45 BERLIN 43-38984 Umbriago (?)
28 02/09/45 WEIMAR 43-38984 Umbriago (?)
  Bob Rohde and the rest of the crew had completed their tour at this point, having flown two missions not listed above.  Alan Cook flew two additional missions to complete his tour:
29 02/14/45 WESEL N/A
30 02/24/45 BREMEN N/A

 

Lt. Ernst “Bob” Rohde

Lt. Alan S. Cook

Lt. John D. Stockham

Lt Gordon Serrott

 

 

 


 

Alan Cook’s father, Alan Sr., during World War I. Aircraft appears to be a modified early Sopwith Camel, used by several squadrons of the US Army Flying Service in France

 

Alan Cook’s experiences are detailed in the Story of Umbriago here in the Library, along with A Night to Remember by John Stockham

See also: The Lucky Bastards Club and Short Snorters

 

 

 

 

 


Special thanks to Mr. Bob Rohde, Mr. Alan Cook and Mr. John Stockham