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Clarence Henry Ballagh

Military

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 some 50 miles and crashed into Skiddaw Mountain, near Keswick in Cumbria, United Kingdom. All 10 aboard were killed. 1st Lt Ballagh was listed as a passenger on this plane.

Service

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...

  • Raymond Diltz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 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...

  • Raymond Oeftiger

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 482nd Bomb Group
    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,...

  • 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 was off the filed...

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 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 Santa Barbara, California, United States 16 May 1921

1st Lieutenant Clarence H. Ballagh was born May 16, 1921, the son of Leland Edgar and Bernice Irene (Keller) Ballagh.

June 1937

Clarence was the Valedictorian of his graduating class at Arroyo Grande Union High School. He would go on to earn an engineering degree at the University of California at Berkeley and was commissioned a 2nd Lt the day of his graduation due to ROTC service.

Lived in Arroyo Grande, California, United States 1942
Enlisted 13 May 1942

Trained in Florida as a pilot. Attached initially to 379BG - Kimbolton.

Died Skiddaw, near Keswick, United Kingdom 14 September 1943

In the crash of B-17 #41-9051. On leave at time - hitching a ride to Edinburgh

Buried Arroyo Grande Cemetery, Arroyo Grande, California, United States 1949

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 09:50:14 miAmigo Changes to events
Sources

'Central Coast Aviators in WW2' by Jim Gregory.

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 09:12:57 miAmigo Changes to nickname, events and unit associations
Sources

Information extracted from IDPF/William Beigel Collection

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2017 10:39:14 ED-BB Changes to service number and events
Sources

Added Service Number and burial place

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2017 13:46:15 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

US Census 1930
41-9051 research file

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2017 20:14:34 asfordby Changes to events
Sources

Arroyo Grande Union High School Yearbook
Ancestry.com

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 03:02:37 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:17 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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