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Kenneth B Rongstad

Military

* 20 October 1943 B17 42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned.
* 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 crew members killed.
Full details on the crash and crew at
http://redlingfield.onesuffolk.net/home/local-history/the-second-world-w...

Service

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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • Julius Torok

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    * 20 October 1943 : B17#42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

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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. ...

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-30114 'Spare Parts'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/4/43; Smoky Hill 22/4/43; Presque Is 3/5/43; Assigned 381BG Ridgewell 8/5/43; transferred 95BG Alconbury, with Don Merten crash landed base 28/5/43; MU 19/8/43 for repair; transferred RCM 335BS/95BG [BG-L] Horham 13/9/43; 1m...

  • 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,...

  • 42-3545 'Lizbeth II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/8/43; Grand Island 12/8/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Horham 9/43; with K. Rongstad force landed Sntterton Heath 10/10/43; with Andy Rozentinsky 20/12/43 Flight engineer/top turret gunner: T Whitman, Waist gunner: S. Eastling (both...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

  • 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...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Montana, USA 5 March 1922

Son of Alfred Marcus and Grace [Mitchell] Rongstad.

Enlisted Missoula, Montana, United States 28 December 1941

Missoula, Montana

Lived in Flathead County, Montana, United States 1942
Based Horham 1943 – 19 November 1943

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Redlingfield, Eye, Suffolk IP23, UK 19 November 1943
Buried Conrad Memorial Cemetery Kalispell Flathead County, MT September 1948

Re-Interred
Conrad Memorial Cemetery
Kalispell
Flathead County
Montana, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 19:31:55 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/321322391
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763236
https://www.fold3.com/image/199824756
https://www.fold3.com/record/84954461-kenneth-b-rongstad
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/43299672/kenneth-b_-rongstad

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 08:52:19 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 16:58:18 usxpat Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Find A Grave Memorial# 43299672
http://www.usaafdata.com/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AccidentReports.com, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I  by Bishop & Hey pp. 377, 347 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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