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William F Rooney


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.



  • Lloyd Best

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

  • William Rooney

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Served with as a bombardier with 8th AF, 351st Bomb Group, 509th BS, Polebrook, England. Killed in Action (KIA), crashed in Farabol, Sweden with B-17 G #42-31192. Plane was hit by flak over Politz, Germany. MACR 9566. It was his 2nd mission. Died in...

  • 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...

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Units served with

  • 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


  • 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...

Associated Place

  • 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

  • Politz

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Ennis, Texas, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Farabolsvägen 699-26, 290 60 Kyrkhult, Sverige 7 October 1944

Killed during crash landing.


Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 22:20:00 Ivar Kandell Changes to unit associations and place associations

Added squadron and places. Double entries.

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 22:18:18 Ivar Kandell Changes to service number, biography and events

Edited information from double entries and place of death.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:02 AAM AAM ingest

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