ROY J. KROGH, LT, USN
Roy Krogh '36
Date of birth: April 22, 1914
Date of death: November 26, 1942
From the 1936 Lucky Bag:
From Oz At War:
On 26 November 1942, US Navy PBY-5A Catalina, 4-P-101, BUNO #2407 from VP-101 made an extremely rough take-off from Exmouth Gulf in Western Australia and because of loss of oil pressure and high oil temperature on the port engine, it returned to Exmouth Gulf. A normal full stall landing was made, but near the end of the landing run, the aircraft hit a large wave, causing it to bounce into the air and on the subsequent landing large quantities of water entered the aircraft through the bombing window position in the bow. The aircraft sank in three fathoms of water in the surf just offshore shortly thereafter.
Damage: Plane completely submerged in salt water for nine days. Port wing tip float and port wing three feet from wing splice sheared off. Major overhaul recommended.
All of the crew made it out safely except for the pilot, Lt. Roy John Krogh, who was found in the water dead, having been struck by the still rotating propeller while exiting.
The War Diary of the Commander Fleet Air Wing Ten for 26 November 1942 says:
"#6 Catalina, pilot Lieutenant Roy J. Krogh, U.S.Navy, crash-landed alongside U.S.S. William B. Preston. Bombing window smashed flooding plane which sank. Lieutenant Krogh died as a result of head wounds and drowning. No other injuries to personnel."
Lt Krogh's body was flown to Perth on 27 November 1942 by Catalina #9. USS Heron carried out salvage operations on #6 Catalina during 3 - 4 December 1942.
His wife was listed as next of kin.
Roy was a member of Patrol Squadron (VP) 101.
Roy was remembered by classmate Porter Bedell in the July, 1946 issue of Shipmate:
I knew Roy quite well, as we were in the same squadron for almost a year. I considered him about as good as they come, both professionally and personally. In those days we were all a little jittery, but I never once saw Roy lose his temper or get excited, nor did I ever hear anything but complimentary remarks connected with his name from the officers and also from the enlisted men. And that's pretty good! He was buried in the military cemetery in Perth, Western Australia.