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Name: Bogart Rogers
Bogart Rogers
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 32
Victories: 6
Born: 24 June 1897
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 24 July 1966
Place of Death: North Hollywood, California, USA
Cemetery: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hollywood, California, USA Image
The son of Earl and Belle Rogers and a sophmore at Stanford University, Bogart Rogers traveled to Canada to join the Royal Flying Corps in September 1917. After flight training in Canada and Texas, he was commissioned in January 1918 and sent to England for additional training. Posted to 32 Squadron in May 1918, he was credited with six victories while flying the S.E.5a. He left the Royal Air Force in May 1919, returned to the United States and became a screenwriter, technical advisor and producer in Hollywood. Among his screenplays was The Eagle and the Hawk (1933), starring Frederic March, Carole Lombard and Cary Grant. In 1934 Rogers formed the first photo-finish company with Bing Crosby and Greer Garson's husband. Their photo-finish camera was used in trials at the Santa Anita race track that year and proved so successful that it was quickly installed at Crosby's Del Mar track and Hollywood Park. Rogers collapsed at Hollywood Park race track on Saturday, July 23, 1966, and died the following day after surgery for a blood clot. He was 69 years old.
San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, California, Sunday, 20 October 1918, page 12
The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Monday, 25 July 1966, page 16
Evening World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska, Tuesday, 26 July 1966, page 21
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 22 Jul 1918 1805 32 S.E.5a (C1856) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Mont Notre Dame
2 06 Sep 1918 1100 32 S.E.5a (D6991) Rumpler C (OOC) E of Roisel
3 06 Sep 1918 1700 32 S.E.5a (D6991) Fokker D.VII (DES) Holnon
4 16 Sep 1918 1810 32 S.E.5a (E1399) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Sancourton
5 27 Sep 1918 0930 32 S.E.5a (D3443) Fokker D.VII (DES) Emerchicourt
6 01 Nov 1918 1325 32 S.E.5a (D6991) Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Valenciennes
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
In Clouds of Glory: American Airmen Who Flew With The British During The Great War
by James J. Hudson / Paperback / University of Arkansas Press (October 1, 1990)
A Yankee Ace in the RAF (Modern War Studies)
The World War I Letters of Captain Bogart Rogers; Bogart Rogers, Earl Rogers (Editor) / Hardcover / Univ Pr of Kansas 1996
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