Survivors, historians, and next of kin of the casualties have tried for years to obtain information surrounding the bombing and sinking of the Rohna. A search through libraries, history books, books on naval disasters, sinkings etc. produced virtually no information. It seemed to many as if the disaster never occurred and that the Rohna never existed.
Here are some resources we recommend for beginning your research on the Rohna.
The daunting task of hauling over 1,000 men from the all-consuming Mediterranean waters to safety was but another dramatic chapter in the unfolding events of the Rohna Disaster.
Fifty seven years after that devastating November day in 1943 the Congress of the United States recognized and gave honor to all who were directly and indirectly involved in the Rohna disaster.
Rochester Times Union, June 14, 1945
“The greatest single transport disaster for Americans in this war occurred when the British troopship Rohna sank in darkness and bad weather after a 30-minute enemy air attack on Nov. 26, 1943, off Djidjeli, Algeria.
Of 1,981 U.S. Navy personnel aboard the Rohna, 1,015 were lost. In only nine other cases reported by the War Department did the loss of life exceed 50 each.”
It would be many more years before any mention of the Rohna disaster would be found again in the media.