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42-31192

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/9/43; Scott Fd 24/10/43; Presque Is 1/11/43; with Roy Parsons force landed Meeeks Fd, Iceland 12/11/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG Deenethorpe 13/11/43; transferred 509BS/351BG [RQ-R] Polebrook 3/12/43; 508th BS [YB-R]; Missing in Action 42m Politz 7/10/44 with crew of 509th BS: Einer Peterson (P), Duane Wilson (CP), Louis Candelaria (TT), J.K. Blake (BT), Robert Crawford (WG), Benjamin Christensen (N), William Rooney (B), Lawrence "Larry" Jensen (RO), Lloyd Best (TG); 7 KIA, 2 survived INT. On it’s way to target Politz, N Germany (Poland today) lost one supercharger engine 2. Lost speed, altitude and group. Continued for target alone. Hit by flak, lost engine 3 and 4, and most of the fuel.
Decided to try to land in Sweden and turned north out over Baltic Sea with only one engine and 110 gallons fuel left.
Dropped ammunition over Baltic to loose weight. Cloudy weather, couldn’t see land.
When out of fuel, went through clouds, too low altitude to bail out. Decision to belly land in a potato field, but pilot spotted workers in field and tried to turn and gain altitude and stalled instead.
Crashed in woods nearby at Farabol, southern Sweden.
Jensen, Best, Christensen and Rooney survived, but Christensen and Rooney died in hospital in city of Karlshamn within a few days. Larry Jensen and Lloyd Best were interned in Sweden and later transfered back to England.
Jensen has been interviewed about his experiences, by the veteran project ”The Voices of World War II”.
Missing Air Crew Report 9566.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 508th Bomb Squadron
  • 509th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lloyd Best

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Lloyd Best served as tail gunner with 8th AF, 351st BG at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Jerry Blake

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Jerry Blake served as ball turret gunner with 8th AF, 351st BG at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Louis Candelaria

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Louis Candelaria served as top turret gunner with 8th AF, 351st BG, 509th BS at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Benjamin Christensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Died in hospital in Karlshamn, Sweden, after crash landing with aircraft 42-31192 (YB-R), B-17G in Farabol, Sweden. Plane was hit by flak over Politz, Germany. It was his 2nd mission.

  • Robert Crawford

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Robert Crawford served as waist gunner with 8th AF, 351st BG at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Lawrence Jensen

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Larry Jensen served as radio operator with 8th AF, 351st BG at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Einer Petersen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Einer Petersen served as pilot and co-pilot with 8th AF, 351st BG, 509th BS out of Polebrook, England. 25 missions. His original crew finished their tours before Petersen. At the day of his death October 7th 1944 he was assigned as pilot to aircraft B...

  • William Rooney

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    See double entry. Served with 351st BG at Polebrook, England. KIA when crash landing with B-17 G #42-31192 (YB-R) in Farabol Sweden Oct 7th 1944. MACR 9566.

  • William Rooney

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Served with as a bombardier with 8th AF, 351st Bomb Group, 509th BS, Polebrook, England. Killed in Action (KIA), crashed in Farabol, Sweden with B-17 G #42-31192. Plane was hit by flak over Politz, Germany. MACR 9566. It was his 2nd mission. Died in...

  • Duane Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    KIA during force landing in Farabol, Sweden after aircraft B-17 G #42-31192 (YB-R) being hit by flak over Politz, Germany. MACR 9566. Check double entries.

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Missions

  • 669

    7 October 1944

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

  • Farabol

    Crash site

  • Politz

    Other location

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Farabol, Sweden 7 October 1944 – 7 October 1944

Crashed in woods of Farabol, Sweden, trying for emergency landing, after being hit by flak over Politz, N Germany.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2016 01:24:33 Ivar Kandell Changes to place associations
Sources

Added places

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2016 00:21:53 Ivar Kandell Changes to description
Sources

Edited MACR from 9366 to 9566.

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 18:23:33 Ivar Kandell Changes to description, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Interview with surviving radio operator Lawrence E Jensen at "The Voices of World War II", link: http://www.wwiihistoryclass.com/education/transcripts/Jensen_L_051.pdf

Swedish eye witness, at Farabol, Sweden. He saw plane coming down and was at crash site immediately after, and witnessed the following events.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9366 / MACR 9566 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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