Search
Close this search box.

Swangren, Capt. Roy T.

Swangren

Capt. Roy T. Swangren 
Born: 16 August 1920 – Oak Park, Illinois
Parents: Thure J. Swangren & Marie Ziehnert-Swangren 
Siblings: 1 sister, 1 brother 
Home: 
– 614 South Sixth Avenue – Maywood, Illinois 
Education: 
– Emerson School 
– Proviso Township High School 
– Class of 1938 
Occupation: mechanic – S. & S. Machine Works – Chicago, Illinois
Selective Service Registration: 16 February 1942
Contact Person: T. J. Swangren – father
Enlisted: 
– 25 March 1942 
– U.S. Army Air Corps 
– entered service as an enlisted man 
– attended Officer Candidate School 
Serial Number: O&676167 
Training: 
– Kelly Army Airfield, San Antonio, Texas 
– Hondo Airfield, Hondo, Texas 
– the base was Army Air Corps’ largest base for navigator training 
– commissioned 2nd LieutenantUnit: 579th Bomb Squadron, 392nd Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force 
Plane: B-24 
Stationed: Wendling Station #118 – Norfolk, England – arrived August 1943 
Missions: 
– 9 September 1943 – the first mission 
– flew 34 missions over these countries: 
– France 
– Belgium 
– Holland 
– Germany 
– Last Mission: Schwabisch Hall – jet airfield 
– 24 February 1944 – mission over Gotha, Germany 
– 392nd Bombardment Group was awarded Presidential Unit Citation 
Promoted: Captain – squadron navigator – June 1944 
Killed in Action: 
– 22 March 1945 
– on return from a successful mission 
– flare gun came loose, fell to the floor, discharged and set off a box of pyrotechnic flares located behind pilot’s seat 
– fire and smoke blinded the pilots causing the plane to go into a steep dive 
– all the crew except Major Barnes, Capt. Grettum, and Capt. Swangren bailed out 
– their bodies were found in the wreckage 
Buried: 
– Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England 
– Plot: F Row: 1 Grave: 25 
Medals: 
– Purple Heart 
– Good Conduct 
– Air Campaign 
– European-African Middle East Campaign 
– Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters 
– Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters 
– Presidential Unit Citation 
– Bronze Star 
– Silver Star 

 

 

SwangranGr1

Leave a Reply

A note to our visitors

This website has updated its privacy policy in compliance with changes to European Union data protection law, for all members globally. We’ve also updated our Privacy Policy to give you more information about your rights and responsibilities with respect to your privacy and personal information. Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our updated privacy policy.