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Swen A Zetterberg

Military

Shot down 16 September in B-17 #42-5903 'Ascend Charlie'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

Staff Sergeant Swen A. Zetterburg was born January 6, 1924. His next of kin were his parents, Swen, Sr., and Hilda Zetterburg. He was from Rockford, Illinois.
He was the Ball Turret Gunner aboard “Ascend Charlie,” B-17 tail #42-5903, of the 390th Bomb Group, 571st Bomb Squadron. On return from a mission to France on September 16, 1943, the bomber become lost in bad weather, and crashed into a mountain near Brecknoch, Wales. All aboard were killed.
He is buried in the US Military Cemetery at Cambridge, England.

Service

Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5903 Ascend Charlie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/5/43; Denver 13/5/43; Geiger 23/6/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 29/6/43; Dow Fd 10/7/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-R] Framlingham 14/7/43; sustained battle damage over Bordeaux 16/9/43 with Herb Turner, Co-pilot: Fred Broers,...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Rockford, IL, USA 6 January 1924

Staff Sergeant Swen A. Zetterburg was born January 6, 1924. His next of kin were his parents, Swen, Sr., and Hilda Zetterburg. He was from Rockford, Illinois.

Killed in Action (KIA) Wales 16 September 1943

He was the Ball Turret Gunner aboard “Ascend Charlie,” B-17 tail #42-5903, of the 390th Bomb Group, 571st Bomb Squadron. On return from a mission to France on September 16, 1943, the bomber become lost in bad weather, and crashed into a mountain near Brecknoch, Wales. All aboard were killed.

Died 16 September 1943
Buried

He is buried in the US Military Cemetery at Cambridge, England.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 04:30:21 jmoore43 Changes to service number
Sources

Added S/N from "WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualties" records for Illinios at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2020 04:18:19 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2015 03:29:30 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography and events
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 18:25:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3720 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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