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Louis M Mirabel

Military

* 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
http://redlingfield.onesuffolk.net/home/local-history/the-second-world-w...

Earlier shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #4230114. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 42-31123

    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,...

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...

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 New York State 21 August 1920
Died Redlingfield, Eye, Suffolk IP23, UK 19 November 1943
Buried Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 22 July 1948

Long Island National Cemetery
Farmingdale
Suffolk County
New York, USA
Plot: H, 8882

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 15:51:47 ED-BB Changes to biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Added link to UK website about the crew and crash.

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 19:08:08 usxpat Changes to role, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.usaafdata.com/
Ancestry.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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