Ralph E Gifford

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 14193 - Ralph E Gifford

Entire crew died when their plane crashed in fog during takeoff at Hardwick on 19 December 1944 in an attempt to deliver air support to ground forces in Belgium during Battle of the Bulge. Killed in Action (KIA). KIS.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 93rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

The wreck of a B-24 Liberator of the 93rd Bomb Group that crashed on take off near Aldeburgh, 19 December 1944. Image via Glenn Tessmer, 93rd Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: '19/12/44 Aldeburgh, Norfolk, crash on t/o.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Crash site. Taken about 1 hour after crash. Mission was then scrubbed. Just off end of south runway. Lead aircraft 93BG at Hardwick, Eng. Probably Dec 15-23, 1944. Note weather! The exact date of the crash can be verified in 2nd A.D/ news letters. I can
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Beaver's Baby
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Muskegon, Michigan

Died

Hardwick, Norfolk, UK 1944-12-19 B24 42-50597 crashed in fog during takeoff

Buried

Muskegon Heights, MI, USA Mona View Cemetery Muskegon Heights Muskegon County Michigan, USA Plot: 338-B-4

Revisions

Date26 Mar 2015 15:35:54
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Date26 Mar 2015 15:34:57
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Find A Grave Memorial# 54206477

Date26 Mar 2015 15:32:44
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Find A Grave Memorial# 54206477

Date27 Sep 2014 18:21:47
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Sources

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

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