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Ralph T Berg

Military

Post training served as a ferry pilot [Detroit to various fields in the US]. Shipped to European theatre of operations Jul-43. Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Developed ear problems on operations and was hospitalized for a month before returning stateside. Instructed in the US, before being sent to CBI theatre of operations in China. 26FS, 51FG, 14AF USAAF based at Nanning A/D.

Failed to Return from armed recon to Linchew area in P-51B 42-106960, hit by flak in coolant system baled out successfully and seen to land OK, on the second pass of his wingman, Berg appeared lifeless in his chutes harness.
Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10054.

Awards: EAME, AP, PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-8426 'Claire'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Charles J Rosenblatt. Transferred to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Vilonia, AR 72173, USA 18 December 1918

Son of Theodore W Berg.

Enlisted Gotha, FL, USA 1 November 1941
Crashed MacDill Air Force Base Auxiliary Field, 1ST COMBAT SPT GP, Avon Park, FL 33825, USA 17 October 1942

Take Off Accident due to Engine Failure MacDill Field, Florida Cat 3 damage Capt Ralph T Berg, 17-Oct-42.

P-40E 41-36477 - 10FS 50FG

Based Steeple Morden 31 July 1943 – December 1943

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Hitcham, Ipswich IP7, UK 24 November 1943

Landing Accident Hitcham/Sta 470 Cat 4 damage Capt Ralph T Berg, 24-Nov-44.

P-47D 42-8426 - Hq 355FG 8AF

Based Nanning, Guangxi, China 7 October 1944 – 15 November 1944

26FS, 51FG, 14AF USAAF based at Nanning A/D, China.

Killed in action China 15 November 1944

Failed to Return from armed recon to Linchew area, hit by flak in coolant system baled out Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10054.

Buried Florence, AL, USA 1945

Florence Cemetery
Florence
Lauderdale County
Alabama
USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2016 14:52:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- AccidentReports.com ;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2016 13:01:16 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/139299058
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Berg%2C+Ralph+T&S...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Berg%2C+Ralph+...
https://www.fold3.com/image/317831764/?terms=Ralph%20T%20Berg
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=54627006

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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