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William F Rooney

Military

Served with as a bombardier with 8th AF, 351st Bomb Group, 509th BS, Polebrook, England. Killed in Action (KIA), crashed in Farabol, Sweden with B-17 G #42-31192. Plane was hit by flak over Politz, Germany. MACR 9566. It was his 2nd mission. Died in hospital in Karlshamn, Sweden. See also other crew members and double entries.

Service

People

  • Lloyd Best

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Lloyd Best served as tail gunner with 8th AF, 351st BG at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Jerry Blake

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Jerry Blake served as ball turret gunner with 8th AF, 351st BG at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Louis Candelaria

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Louis Candelaria served as top turret gunner with 8th AF, 351st BG, 509th BS at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Benjamin Christensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Died in hospital in Karlshamn, Sweden, after crash landing with aircraft 42-31192 (YB-R), B-17G in Farabol, Sweden. Plane was hit by flak over Politz, Germany. It was his 2nd mission.

  • Robert Crawford

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Robert Crawford served as waist gunner with 8th AF, 351st BG at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Lawrence Jensen

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Larry Jensen served as radio operator with 8th AF, 351st BG at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Arvin Mueller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 389th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Mueller

    Military | First Lieutenant | 351st Bomb Group

  • Einer Petersen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Einer Petersen served as pilot and co-pilot with 8th AF, 351st BG, 509th BS out of Polebrook, England. 25 missions. His original crew finished their tours before Petersen. At the day of his death October 7th 1944 he was assigned as pilot to aircraft B...

  • Einer Peterson

    Military | First Lieutenant | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

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Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31192

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/9/43; Scott Fd 24/10/43; Presque Is 1/11/43; with Roy Parsons force landed Meeeks Fd, Iceland 12/11/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG Deenethorpe 13/11/43; transferred 509BS/351BG [RQ-R] Polebrook 3/12/43; 508th BS [YB-R]; Missing in...

  • 42-97381

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Kearney 17/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-U] Polebrook 12/4/44; {66m} battle damaged Brandenberg 6/8/44 with Chas Woodrum, aro-Raoul Brickman, Radio Operator: Bernard Levins, Ball turret gunner: Andy Bevin,...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Midvale, New Jersey
Died Karlshamn, Sverige October 1944

Died after a few days in hospital in Karlshamn, Sweden, after crash landing in Farabol, Sweden Oct 7th 1944. Probably by chock according to radio operator L. Jensen who survived.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2016 01:00:40 Ivar Kandell Changes to biography
Sources

Edited biography.

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 21:43:47 Ivar Kandell Changes to biography, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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Added connections to first and second crew. Edited biography. Sources 351st BG Association and radio operator Lawrence Jensen.

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 21:30:55 Ivar Kandell Changes to biography and events
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Added circumstances of death and MACR. Sources 351st BG Association and surviving radio operator Lawrence Jensen.

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 21:26:28 Ivar Kandell Changes to service number
Sources

Added service number. Source 351st BG Association

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9566

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