The last pilot to fly Hawker Hurricane V7497. Everett Bryan Rogers joined the RAFVR about July 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 11 FTS Shawbury on No. 18 Course, which ran from 31st January to 29th June 1940.
He was commissioned and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 6th July. After converting to Hurricanes Rogers joined 615 Squadron at Kenley on 4th August and moved to 501 Squadron there on 12th September. Rogers destroyed a Do17 on the 15th and on the 28th he was shot down by Bf109’s over Deal, he baled out, unhurt. His Hurricane, V7497, crashed and burned out at Chartway Street, East Sutton.
Later in the war Rogers was serving with Bomber Command. He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 27th March 1945) as an Acting Squadron Leader with 640 Squadron, operating in Halifax bombers from Leconfield. The citation mentioned an occasion when a shell burst beneath the tailplane of his aircraft as it approached Sterkrada. The Halifax turned completely on its back and fell towards the ground, out of control. Rogers eventually righted it, assured himself that the crew was unharmed and then went on to bomb the target, afterwards safely regaining his base.
London Gazette 1945 – “This Officer displayed the highest standard of devotion to duty. In spite of several trying experiences in the early years of the war, Squadron Leader Rogers has maintained the greatest zest for air operations. He has now completed a very large number of bombing sorties involving attacks on a wide range of strongly defended enemy targets. On one occasion when approaching Sterkrade, a shell burst beneath his tail plane causing the aircraft to turn completely over on its back and fall towards the ground out of control. Considerable height was lost before Squadron Leader Rogers was able to right the aircraft. After assuring himself that his crew were unharmed this resolute pilot went on to complete his attack and afterwards flew his badly damaged aircraft to base. More recently, when detailed to attack Chemnitz, Squadron Leader Rogers showed the same outstanding determination to complete his mission successfully. When some distance from the target his aircraft was hit by anti aircraft fire. The controls were affected. Although he could only use the trimming tabs to manoeuvre his aircraft, Squadron Leader continued to the target which he bombed successfully. His example of courage and resolution has won great praise.”
On the 28th September 1940 when V7497 was shot down with P/O Rogers at the controls, P/O Harrold was shot down in the same engagement and killed. Harold had only flown Hurricane V7497 the day before his death on the 27th September. For more information on P/O Harrold visit his page – P/O Harrold