Roger McKain was born and raised in Willoughby, Ohio. He worked at the Ohio Rubber Company in their photostat department prior to entering the Army Air Corps in March 1943.
McKain received his military occupational specialty, a photographer, while at basic training in Atlantic City. After completing training, he took the Queen Mary to begin his service in the European Theater.
McKain served as a photographer in the U.S. Army Air Corps’ 8th Air Force. He spent two and a half years in Europe, stationed in England, France and Germany. In England, McKain experienced routine V1 and V2 air raids. While in Germany, Roger was asked to attend public relations school in Wiesbaden and later, in 1945, he ended up in the photo department at Erbenheim Aerodrome. Roger left the Army as a corporal.
Following Roger’s honorable discharge from the Army, he continued his career in photography. He spent four years working for a newspaper primarily processing newspaper standards. Most of his early work consisted of black and white photography. He would not work with color photography until around the time of his retirement. Roger took great pride in processing the pictures himself. He lived in Ohio after the war and passed away in 2012.
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