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Roger G Christensen

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Navigator, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft 1.
Marne, Iowa

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People

  • Claudio Carano

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. Brooklyn, NY

  • Charles Culver

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Former member of the 534th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and...

  • William England

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag IXc and Luft 1. Texas

  • John Healy

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Ardennes AMC. ...

  • Carlton Josephson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Former member of the 533rd BS. On board "Mission Belle" - #42-31097 - Shot down 1 December 1943 - Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XV11B. ...

  • Doyle McCutchen

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Ball Turret Gunner, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down on 1 December 1943 on B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. KIA (Killed in Action) - MACR 1661. ...

  • Harland Sunde

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Netherlands AMC. ...

  • James Sweaney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft 1. Riverside, CA

  • O Tully

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31097 'Mission Belle'. Mission #46 to the chemical factory at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1661. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft 1. Guntersville, AL

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Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31097 Mission Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 12/10/43; Scott 18/11/43; assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 19/11/43; transferred 535BS/381BG Ridgewell 21/11/43; ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Marne, Iowa, United States 5 March 1920
Enlisted Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, United States 7 April 1942

as a private in the Air Corps

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 1 December 1943

Interned at Stalag Luft 1, North 1 Compound, Barth, Germany

Died Torrance, California, United States 2 October 1990
Buried Brighton Cemetery, Marne, Iowa, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2018 02:46:43 ARowe95 Changes to media associations
Sources

USAAF Class Book Project ABMC American Cemeteries website

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2017 04:17:11 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2017 04:13:57 ARowe95 Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2015 10:41:16 ED-BB Changes to firstname
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Corrected first name : Roger instead of Rodger

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2015 09:24:15 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

MACR 1661
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1661 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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