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Farabol

Crash site

Detailed history

Farabol is a small rural place in the region Blekinge, in southern Sweden. B-17, 42-31192 (YB-R), 351st BG, 508th BS with crew from 509th BS, crashed here during force landing, October 7th 1944 after been hit by flak over Politz, north Germany. After being hit, with only one engine working, they tried to reach Sweden crossing the Baltic Sea. 5 were killed on crash site or in ambulance, 2 died in hospital, 2 survived and were interned, later transferred back to England. During force landing, the pilot tried to avoid potato picking workers in the intended field and crashed in the woods nearby. There is a memorial at the site, quite hard to find, in a small dirt road.

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People

  • 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...

  • William Rooney

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    See double entry. Served with 351st BG at Polebrook, England. KIA when crash landing with B-17 G #42-31192 (YB-R) in Farabol Sweden Oct 7th 1944. MACR 9566.

  • Duane Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Served co-pilot with 8th AF, 351st BG, 509th BS at Polebrook, England. On his 2nd mission, Oct 7th 1944, the target was synthetic oil factories in Politz, Germany. The pilot, Einer Petersen with 25 missions, were a replacement...

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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 19:17:28 Ivar Kandell Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, person associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Photos from crash site by Ivar Kandell.
Information from interview with radio operator Larry Jensen, and from local eye witness to Ivar Kandell.

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