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Clarence Arnold Aaberg


Clarence Aaberg was Killed on Mission (KOM) on 25 Feb 1944 while flying as the pilot of B-17G-15-DL 42-37855 "Rosemary III" flown by 2nd Lt Clarence A Aaberg, on his third mission, and his crew of 711st BS, lost #3 engine went out 10 minutes after target. The crew saw a lot of German fighters around, a few shooting rockets at them, but they never came in close. The bomber made it back to the French coast on 3 engines but was then hit by Flak and the engines #1 and #4 went out right after they left French coast. Aalberg managed to cross the Channel on one engine and once over southern England ordered his crew to bail out over England. All do this safely but Aaberg was the last to leave the plane, bailed out too low and was killed when his parachute failed to open. The B-17 crash landed in woods at Starvecrow Hill, a mile north of Tonbridge, Kent. It was a total loss.



  • Fernand DuHadway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 711th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37855

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/9/43; Harvard 10/10/43; Assigned 92BG Podington 18/11/43; transferred 447BG Rattlesden 1/44; sustained battle damaged Regensburg 25/2/44 with Clarence Aaberg (KIA- nursed it across the english channel, jumped after he ordered the...


  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...


Event Location Date
Born Wichita, KS, USA 26 April 1918

East Writing Rock Cemetery
Divide County
North Dakota, USA.
This is a cenotaph. 2Lt Aaberg's remains are buried in Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridgeshire, England.

Died Tonbridge, Kent, UK 25 February 1944
Buried 1945

Plot D, Row 1, Grave 49.



Date Contributor Update
29 April 2017 01:56:43 Vanessa Changes to biography

Richard Pitt Jr. diary, Clarence's flight engineer and top turret gunner.

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19 July 2016 16:35:08 millebr Changes to middlename and awards
Sources;; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records

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22 January 2016 19:37:02 Rich11 Changes to nickname and events

Clarence akaerg plane was hit by ack ack over France
And lost one engine, then lost a another due to overheating over the coast
Was trying to make for the emergency airfield at penshurts about 4 miles west of tonbridge Kent
Seeing that he was not going to make it
Ordered the crew to jump, but he left it to late and his parachute did not open
The plane crashed into the woods
The crew landed on plough fields and some turn their angles
The crew called Clarence pappy
I know of this story because as a school kid I worked on a farm during my school holidays, and one of the old farm workers was the first one on the scene as he was working the field near by

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2015 20:16:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events and place associations

Lee Cunningham 20-Jun-2015. Added map location to KOM event, made connection to Place; per "Losses of the 8ht & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added burial grave location per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records. Slight edits to Biography.

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11 June 2015 13:20:07 A. van Erp Changes to events

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22 May 2015 20:35:19 bombercommand Changes to events and media associations

Find A Grave

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28 February 2015 23:58:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events

Lee Cunningham 28-Feb-2015. Combined Born events.

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20 October 2014 12:29:51 IWMPM Changes to service number, biography, awards and events


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29 September 2014 15:32:17 samc Changes to awards

Removed dummy content.

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29 September 2014 13:26:32 LucyM Changes to awards

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27 September 2014 18:06:13 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces