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42-37855

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 21/9/43; Harvard 10/10/43; Assigned 92BG Podington 18/11/43; transferred 447BG Rattlesden 1/44; sustained battle damaged Regensburg 25/2/44 with Clarence Aaberg (KIA- nursed it across the english channel, jumped after he ordered the crew to bale but his chute didn't open);

Co-pilot: Tom Moriarty, Navigator: Ellis Colvin, Bombardier: Irving Danzig, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rich Pitt, Radio Operator: W.D. Earnest, Ball turret gunner: Bill Powell, Waist gunner: W. Hadway, Waist gunner: Cleveland Lamb,Tail gunner: Gilbert Foster (9 Returned to Duty);

Crash landed in woods at Starvecrow Hill, near Gravesend, a mile N of Tonbridge, Kent; Salvaged 3/3/44.

Service

Units

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming near the close of 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces connected with a...

People

  • Clarence Aaberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Clarence Aaberg was Killed on Mission (KOM) on 25 Feb 1944 while flying as the pilot of B-17G-15-DL 42-37855 "Rosemary III" flown by 2nd Lt Clarence A Aaberg, on his third mission, and his crew of 711st BS, lost #3 engine went out 10 minutes after...

  • Ellis Colvin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Irving Danzig

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • W Earnest

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Gilbert Foster

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • F Hadway

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Cleveland Lamb

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Thomas Moriarty

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Flew first mission 4 Feb 1944. 30 missions on 2 June 1944. Flew in 'Journey's End' and 'Mr Terrific'. Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Richard Pitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • William Powell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

Places

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Gravesend, UK 25 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2017 00:13:33 Vanessa Changes to description
Sources

According to Foster, as told to Aabergs nephew

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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