Roy Garvin Sanders Jr.

S/Sgt    37499328    613th
1923 - 1944

Left Waist Gunner aboard 42-31508 (Command Performance)


     Roy was born Sep 18, 1923, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri.
     In 1942 he enlisted to the air corps.

     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
     His last mission, Apr 13, 1944, Target: Schweinfurt, they were hit by single Me 190 which started
     bad fire in gas tanks.
     8 ( possibly 10 ) came out just before A/C went into dive and exploded.

     He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1944, when Roy died on the age of 20 he left behind his family :

         His father, Roy G Sanders, age 48
         His mother, Mary J Sanders, age 50
         His sister, Mary J Sanders, age 23

Back row: Ronald Halpin - Charles Strode - Alfred Vokaty - William Gambrell - Shea Schachter - Joe Boros
Front Row: ROY SANDERS - Howard Grull - Warren Canter - John Campbell

Mission to Schweinfurt, Germany, hit by single Me 190 which started bad fire in gas tanks.
Crashed near Keilberg, Germany

     The plane was approx 18 miles S of Aschaffenburg, 20 miles W of Schweinfurt.
     They were being attacked by more then 100 enemy aircrafts.

     Roy went to the tail after Warren Canter was seriously injured to take over the guns.
     Just a few seconds later Roy was hit by several 20 mm shells and was killed instantly.
     He was trying to hold off not less then 50 German fighters.

     Some Germans told the surviving members at Dulag Luft that their plane had been found and one
     body in the tail of the ship.

     Roy flew 17 missions.


Back row: Alfred Vokaty - Shea Schachter - Charles Strode - William Gambrell
Front Row: Ronald Halpin - ROY SANDERS - John Campbell - Warren Canter - Howard Grull - Joe Boros

If you have questions, remarks or information , please feel free to Email me
or leave a message in my guestbook