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Information (in Swedish) at crash site memorial B-17, 42-31192 (YB-R), Farabol, Sweden. Oct 7th 1944. Picture shows some of the crew members: "Top row, from left: Candelaria; 2nd Jensen; 3rd Crawford. Front row, 2nd from left: Wilson; 3rd Christiansen and Rooney".



  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron


  • Lloyd Best

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Lloyd Best served as tail gunner with 8th AF, 351st BG at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Jerry Blake

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Jerry Blake served as ball turret gunner with 8th AF, 351st BG at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Louis Candelaria

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Louis Candelaria served as top turret gunner with 8th AF, 351st BG, 509th BS at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Benjamin Christensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Died in hospital in Karlshamn, Sweden, after crash landing with aircraft 42-31192 (YB-R), B-17G in Farabol, Sweden. Plane was hit by flak over Politz, Germany. It was his 2nd mission.

  • Robert Crawford

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Robert Crawford served as waist gunner with 8th AF, 351st BG at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Lawrence Jensen

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Larry Jensen served as radio operator with 8th AF, 351st BG at Polebrook, England. ...

  • Einer Petersen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    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
    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
    KIA during force landing in Farabol, Sweden after aircraft B-17 G #42-31192 (YB-R) being hit by flak over Politz, Germany. MACR 9566. Check double entries.


  • 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...


  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

  • Farabol

    Crash site


Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 18:44:36 Ivar Kandell Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations