09 Aug

B-17 Navigator, 2LT Frank A. Roth from Union City, NJ

Second Lieutenant Frank A. Roth (O-749452) was the navigator assigned to Joe’s crew on Wednesday, September 15th 1943.

From the information that I have gathered, it seems he was only on his first mission when he was killed in action.

Frank is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at The Cambridge American Cemetery, and his status is still Missing in Action.

His remains have not been recovered. 

95th Bomb Group B-17F (serial number 230182) "Blondie II" in the sky

95th Bomb Group B-17F (serial number 42-30182) “Blondie II” in the sky

In October 1943, Joe Noyes washed ashore in Berck-Plage, France. He was initially buried in a small local cemetery, and then reburied at Étaples Military Cemetery.

A few months later Mrs. Noyes received mail from Frank’s mother Mary Philomene Roth, who at that time lived at: 522 35th Street, Union City, New Jersey.

Letter from Mrs. Mary Philomene Roth of Union City, New Jersey

Letter from Mrs. Mary Philomene Roth of Union City, New Jersey

In her letter to Mrs. Noyes, dated February 3rd 1944, Mrs. Roth wrote the following:

Dear Mrs. Noyes,

Received a letter from Mrs. Rice telling me of your great loss. My heart goes out to you in deepest sympathy and may the Good Lord help you bear your cross.

I received your letter, but was ill at the time and could not answer it.

The hardest part of all this is not knowing what happened to our boys. For you that uncertainty is over, you know now, that he is at rest! Hard as that may be for you, you have the thought that he is not lying somewhere, injured and helpless, and without anyone near him who cares, he is in God’s keeping now and safe from all harm.

Words can only poorly express what I feel for you, I can only pray that the Good Lord will give you the strength to resign yourself to His will.

Sincerely Yours,

Mary Philomene Roth

Your help is needed!

I am actively seeking relatives and friends of the Roth family from Union City, New Jersey. I would like to learn more about Frank, so that I can ensure that his story is told when I publish my book on Joe Noyes and his crew.

Please get in touch with me if you feel that you can assist me.

Kimberly Blankenstein

Thanks so much for the help:

Ken McPherson – for his assistance with the Union City historical records

Tom Noyes – for his assistance in scanning the letter from Mrs. Roth

The Hudson Reporter – for their assistance in locating Roth friends and relatives