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42-31123

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Wilmington 10/10/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 14/10/43; [4m] crashed on take off for Gelsenkirchen 19/11/43 with Kenneth B. Rongstad, Co-pilot: Warren M. Strawn, Navigator: Richard E. Diete, Bombardier: Joseph F. Spicer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gail A. Richmond Jr, Radio Operator: Gordon V. Sorensen, Ball turret gunner: Charles E. Phinney, Waist gunner: Louis M. Mirabel, Waist gunner: Julius W. Torok,Tail gunner: Kenneth Cosby (10 Killed in Service), stalled and crashed, destroying farmhouse (Mr & Mrs Vic & Ruby Gooderham, Iris Tyderman, 3 inj), at Green Farm, Redlingfield, UK. (Only 8AF loss of the day.)
Full details on the crash and crew at
http://redlingfield.onesuffolk.net/home/local-history/the-second-world-w...

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Kenneth Cosby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    KOM. B17#42-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. ...

  • Richard Diete

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    * 20 October 1943 : B17#42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

  • Louis Mirabel

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    * 19 November 1943 : B17#42-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. Full details on the crash and crew at ...

  • Chester Peek

    Military | Captain | Engineering Officer (maintenance of aircraft) | 95th Bomb Group
    As Engineering Officer in the 95th Bomb Group / 412th Bomb Squadron, Chester Peek was a witness to the take-off accident of B-17# 42-31123 on 19 November 1943. ...

  • Charles Phinney

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    * 19 November 1943 : B17#42-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. Full details on the crash and crew at ...

  • Gail Richmond

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    19 November 1943 - B17#42-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. ...

  • Kenneth Rongstad

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    * 20 October 1943 B17 42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

  • Gordon Sorensen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    * 19 November 1943 : B17#42-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. Full details on the crash and crew at ...

  • Joseph Spicer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    * 20 October 1943 : B17#42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

  • Warren Strawn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    * 19 November 1943 : B1742-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. Full details on the crash and crew at ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 134

    19 November 1943
    The primary target for this mission was Gelsenkirchen, Germany by adverse weather conditions and failure of the PFF equipment caused al formations to seek out targets of opportunity along the German-Dutch border. The force was composed of 168 B-17s...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Redlingfield, Eye, Suffolk IP23, UK 19 November 1943

Crashed on take off for Gelsenkirchen 19/11/43. Cause - stalled and crashed (10 x KIA), destroying farmhouse (Mr & Mrs Vic & Ruby Gooderham, Iris Tyderman, 3 inj), at Green Farm, Redlingfield, UK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 16:09:16 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events and unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 08:25:49 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, place associations and mission associations
Sources

FREEMAN's "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story"
Radio Operator was Sorensen, not Sorenson.

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 16:17:04 usxpat Changes to unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.95thbg-horham.com/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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