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Raymond Ralph Oeftiger

Military

Captain Raymond Oeftiger was on board B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. The B-17 somehow flew off course by some 50 miles and crashed into Skiddaw Mountain, near Keswick in Cumbria, United Kingdom. All 10 aboard were killed.

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People

  • William Anderson

    Military | Major | Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group
    Major William Anderson was Commanding Officer of the 813th Bomb Squadron. He was pilot of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. The B-17 somehow flew off course by...

  • Clarence Ballagh

    Military | First Lieutenant | passenger | 482nd Bomb Group
    Clarence Ballagh was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of 813th BS, the B-17 somehow flew off course by...

  • Raymond Diltz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    2nd Lt Raymond Diltz was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of 813th BS, the B-17 somehow flew off course...

  • Theodore Doe

    Military | First Lieutenant | 482nd Bomb Group
    Theodore Doe was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of 813th BS, the B-17 somehow flew off course by some...

  • Thomas Henderson

    Military | Major | passenger | 482nd Bomb Group
    Major Thomas C. Henderson (also known as Tom C. Henderson) was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of...

  • Bryson Hills

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 482nd Bomb Group
    Bryson Hills was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of 813th BS, the B-17 somehow flew off course by some...

  • Robert Jacobsen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 482nd Bomb Group
    Robert Jacobsen was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of 813th BS, the B-17 somehow flew off course by...

  • Robert Sudbury

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 482nd Bomb Group
    1st Lt Robert Sudbury was on board B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. The B-17 somehow flew off course by some 50 miles and crashed into Skiddaw Mountain, near...

  • Henry Williams

    Military | Major | passenger
    Major Henry B. Williams was on board of B-17E Serial 41-9051 on a navigational training exercise to Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland as final destination on 14 Sept 43. Piloted by Captain William C. Anderson, CO of 813th BS, the B-17 somehow flew off...

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Units served with

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 813th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-9051 Flaming Mayme

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 342BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; 327BS/92BG Bovingdon, then 326BS [UX-O] (?407)] /9/42; col with 41-9021 in taxi accident with Roland Sargeant 25/6/43; repaired and transferred 813BS/482BG Alconbury 1/9/43; detailed UK navigation operation 14/9/43,...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York State, United States 1919

the son of Russian-born (George) Oscar Oeftiger and Helen Oeftiger

Lived in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States 1940
Enlisted New York City, New York, United States 7 July 1941

as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps

Died Skiddaw, near Keswick, United Kingdom 14 September 1943

in the crash of B-17 Serial 41-9051

Buried

Raymond Oeftiger rests at Plot D, Row 4, Grave 30

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2017 10:23:19 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

Research on crew of 41-9051
US Census 1940

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / book: Hell on High Ground, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 281-2

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