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Kenneth B. Rongstad Crew - 334th Sqn
42-31123

BACK ROW
S/Sgt Gordon V.Sorensen (radio), Sgt Julius W.Torok (right waist gunner),
Sgt Charles E. Phinney (ball turret),Sgt Louis M. Mirabel (left waist gunner),
Sgt Aloysious L. Godek, S/Sgt Agnew R. Eckert

FRONT ROW
2nd Lt Kenneth B. Rongstadt (pilot), 2nd Lt Strawn (co-pilot),
2nd Lt Richard E. Diete (navigator), 2nd Lt Joseph M. Spicer (bombardier)

NOTE
This aircraft crashed shortly after take off from Horham, at Green Farm, Redlingfield
on November 19th 1943. S/Sgt Kenneth Cosby and S/Sgt Gail A. Richmond
were both killed in the crash, but are not in the photo.
S/Sgt Eckert and Sgt Godek were not in the crew at the time of the crash

Connections

Units

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Kenneth Cosby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    KOM. B17#42-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. ...

  • Richard Diete

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    * 20 October 1943 : B17#42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

  • Louis Mirabel

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    * 19 November 1943 : B17#42-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. Full details on the crash and crew at ...

  • Charles Phinney

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    * 19 November 1943 : B17#42-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. Full details on the crash and crew at ...

  • Gail Richmond

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    19 November 1943 - B17#42-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. ...

  • Kenneth Rongstad

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    * 20 October 1943 B17 42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

  • Gordon Sorensen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    * 19 November 1943 : B17#42-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. Full details on the crash and crew at ...

  • Joseph Spicer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    * 20 October 1943 : B17#42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

  • Warren Strawn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    * 19 November 1943 : B1742-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. Full details on the crash and crew at ...

  • Julius Torok

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    * 20 October 1943 : B17#42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-31123

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Wilmington 10/10/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 14/10/43; [4m] crashed on take off for Gelsenkirchen 19/11/43 with Kenneth B. Rongstad, Co-pilot: Warren M. Strawn, Navigator: Richard E. Diete,...

Locations

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • St Mary, Horham, Suffolk

    Other location

  • Redlingfield Memorial

    Other location

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 16:37:13 usxpat Changes to place associations
Sources

associate place

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 16:24:58 usxpat Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.95thbg-horham.com/page446.html

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 16:24:58 usxpat Changes to place associations
Sources

http://www.95thbg-horham.com/page446.html

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