Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Clarence Arnold Aaberg

Military

Lt. Clarence Aaberg was killed on his 3rd mission, flying the B-17 42-37855, returning from a mission to Regensburg, Germany, 25-Feb-44. His Fortress was hit and lost the #3 engine 10 minutes after bombing it's target. The crew saw quite a few German fighters, and a few shot rockets at them, but, fearing their gunners and their .50 cal. guns, they never came in close. Their bomber made it back to the French coast on 3 engines but was hit again by coastal flak guns. Engines #1 and #4 were hit and failed exiting the French coast, yet, Lt. Aalberg still managed to cross the English Channel, descending on one engine. Once over southern England, he ordered his crew to bail out, and all of them did so safely. But Aaberg, the last to bail, had waited too long. He bailed out too late, too low, and was killed when his parachute failed to open in time. His plane crashed in the woods at Starvecrow Hill, a mile north of Tonbridge, Kent, and was a total loss. Killed in Action (KIA). 25-Feb-44.

Awards: DFC, PH, EAME.

Service

People

  • Ellis Colvin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Irving Danzig

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Fernand DuHadway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Warren Earnest

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G 42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, Germany on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Gilbert Foster

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Cleveland Lamb

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Thomas Moriarty

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Flew first mission 4 Feb 1944. 30 missions on 2 June 1944. Flew in 'Journey's End' and 'Mr Terrific'. Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Richard Pitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • William Powell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Bailed out before B-17G #42-37855 'Mr Terrific' crashed N of Tonbridge, Kent upon returning from the target of Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944. RTD.

Show more

Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 711th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37855 Mr Terrific

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    The B-17, named, Mr. Terrific, was delivered to Denver, CO, 21/9/43; Harvard 10/10/43; Assigned 92Bomb Group Podington 18/11/43; transferred 44th Bomb Group Rattlesden 1/44; Battle damaged, Regensburg, Germany, 25/2/44 with Clarence Aaberg (KIA) - Lt....

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Divide County, North Dakota, USA 26 April 1918

Son of Carl Adolph and Anna L [Lund] Aaberg.

Enlisted Missoula, MT 18 November 1941

Missoula, Montana, as a Private in the Air Corps

Based Rattlesden 1943 – 25 February 1944

Assigned to 711BS, 447BG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed In Action (KIA) Gravesend, Kent, UK 25 February 1944

in the crash of B-17 42-37855 he was piloting. Last one to bail out on return from the Regensburg mission, his parachute didn't open due to the low altitude at which he managed to jump after all his crew members had safely left the plane

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 26 February 1944

Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK
Plot D, Row 1, Grave 49

Buried East Writing Rock Cemetery Fortuna, ND 1948

Memorialised
East Writing Rock Cemetery
Fortuna, North Dakota, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2022 19:29:47 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56351889/charles-isaac-abady

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2022 15:33:08 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2022 20:09:38 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/133328061/clarence-arnold-aaberg

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2022 19:53:11 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2021 14:40:24 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/133328061/clarence-arnold-aaberg

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2021 14:18:52 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2021 14:36:14 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310762480
https://www.fold3.com/image/670567602
https://www.fold3.com/record/529900744/clarence-a-aaberg-american-battle...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/47104673/clarence-arnold-aaberg
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/133328061/clarence-arnold-aaberg

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 06:13:17 Kickapoo Changes to service number and biography
Sources

Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 06:09:55 Kickapoo Changes to role and biography
Sources

Details added for clarity. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2021 16:09:05 ncheek Changes to surname
Sources

test

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2021 14:50:28 ncheek Changes to surname
Sources

Test

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2021 00:08:48 pamccolgan Changes to media associations
Sources

447 Bomb Group History

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2020 20:40:41 jmoore43 Changes to events
Sources

Updated Buried event with info from Born event.

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2020 20:36:56 jmoore43 Changes to events
Sources

Updated the Born & Buried events per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 47104673.
Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/47104673/clarence-arnold-aaberg

Date Contributor Update
23 September 2020 18:40:50 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
Sources

Removed a duplicate Buried event.
Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2018 09:30:33 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events and person associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2017 01:56:43 Vanessa Changes to biography
Sources

Richard Pitt Jr. diary, Clarence's flight engineer and top turret gunner.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2016 16:35:08 millebr Changes to middlename and awards
Sources

TogetherWeServed.com; Fold3.com; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2016 19:37:02 Rich11 Changes to nickname and events
Sources

Clarence akaerg plane was hit by ack ack over France
And lost one engine, then lost a another due to overheating over the coast
Was trying to make for the emergency airfield at penshurts about 4 miles west of tonbridge Kent
Seeing that he was not going to make it
Ordered the crew to jump, but he left it to late and his parachute did not open
The plane crashed into the woods
The crew landed on plough fields and some turn their angles
The crew called Clarence pappy
I know of this story because as a school kid I worked on a farm during my school holidays, and one of the old farm workers was the first one on the scene as he was working the field near by

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2015 20:16:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jun-2015. Added map location to KOM event, made connection to Place; per "Losses of the 8ht & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added burial grave location per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records. Slight edits to Biography.

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2015 13:20:07 A. van Erp Changes to events
Sources

www.ancestry.com

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2015 20:35:19 bombercommand Changes to events and media associations
Sources

Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=133328061

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2015 23:58:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Feb-2015. Combined Born events.

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2014 12:29:51 IWMPM Changes to service number, biography, awards and events
Sources

ABMC http://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-burials-and-memorializations/detail/WWII...

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 15:32:17 samc Changes to awards
Sources

Removed dummy content.

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 15:31:25 samc Changes to awards
Sources

d

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 13:26:32 LucyM Changes to awards
Sources

Test edit

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

Share