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John Allen Bloemendal

Military

Assigned to 2BAD, 8AF USAAF. Test pilot on B-24J 42-50291 'Classy Chassis II' which had completed an air test, when hit be lightning in a thunderstorm, having aborted it's landing at base. A/C crashed into the Frekleton school and adjacent snack bar. Died non Battle (DNB)

Awards: PH.

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People

  • Gordon Kinney

    Military | Sergeant | Crew Chief; Aerial Engineer | Base Air Depot 2
    Assigned to 2BAD, 8AF USAAF. Killed aboard B-24J 42-50291 'Classy Chassis II' which was being air tested, when hit be lightning in a thunderstorm, having aborted it's landing at base. A/C crashed into the Frekleton school and adjacent snack bar. Died...

  • James Parr

    Military | Corporal | Co-Pilot | Base Air Depot 2
    Assigned to 2BAD, 8AF USAAF. Killed aboard B-24J 42-50291 'Classy Chassis II' which was being air tested, when hit be lightning in a thunderstorm, while trying to land. A/C crashed into the Frekleton school and adjacent snack bar. Died non Battle (DNB)...

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Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    Group
    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...

  • Maintenance Division (Base Air Depot 2)

Aircraft

  • 42-50291 Classy Chassis II

    B-24 Liberator
    Classy Chassis II was one of two refurbished B-24 heavy bombers, being made ready for delivery when it departed Base Air Depot 2 (BAD2) at Warton on a test flight. ...

Associated Place

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...

  • Freckleton

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born St Paul, Minnesota 1 June 1917

Son of Hendrick Johan and Grace Elizabeth [Stroud] Bloemendal.

Enlisted Minneapolis, MN 25 March 1942

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Based Warton 1944 – 23 August 1944

Assigned to 2BAD, 8AF USAAF.

Died Freckleton, UK 23 August 1944

Killed aboard B-24 'Classy Chassis II', crashed Freckleton, UK 23-Aug-44.

Buried 25 August 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK

Buried Elmhurst Cemetery Saint Paul, Ramsey County, MN July 1948

Re-Interred
Elmhurst Cemetery
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, MN

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2019 14:16:01 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310762936
https://www.fold3.com/image/320476042
https://www.fold3.com/image/180292447
https://www.fold3.com/record/84602695-john-a-bloemendal
https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=17126
https://laituk.org/B-24%2042-50291.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freckleton_air_disaster
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96729724/john-allen_lucas-bloemendal

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2019 14:14:24 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310762936
https://www.fold3.com/image/320476042
https://www.fold3.com/image/180292447
https://www.fold3.com/record/84602695-john-a-bloemendal
https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=17126
https://laituk.org/B-24%2042-50291.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freckleton_air_disaster
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96729724/john-allen_lucas-bloemendal

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2019 14:09:12 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310762936
https://www.fold3.com/image/320476042
https://www.fold3.com/image/180292447
https://www.fold3.com/record/84602695-john-a-bloemendal
https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=17126
https://laituk.org/B-24%2042-50291.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freckleton_air_disaster
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96729724/john-allen_lucas-bloemendal

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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