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Ralph E Gifford

Military

Entire crew died when their plane crashed in fog during takeoff at Hardwick on 19 December 1944 in an attempt to deliver air support to ground forces in Belgium during Battle of the Bulge. Killed in Action (KIA). KIS.

Service

Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Muskegon, Michigan 1923
Died Hardwick, Norfolk, UK 19 December 1944

B24 42-50597 crashed in fog during takeoff

Buried Muskegon Heights, MI, USA

Mona View Cemetery
Muskegon Heights
Muskegon County
Michigan, USA
Plot: 338-B-4

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2015 20:47:19 usxpat Changes to events, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://eastangliamemorials.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/hardwick-roadside-cros...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/AARmonthly/Dec1944O.htm
http://www.8thafhs.com/get_one_mission.php?mission_id=1743
Find A Grave Memorial# 54206477

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2015 15:35:54 usxpat Changes to place associations
Sources

http://eastangliamemorials.blogspot.co.uk/

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2015 15:34:57 usxpat Changes to events
Sources

Find A Grave Memorial# 54206477

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2015 15:32:44 usxpat Changes to events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Find A Grave Memorial# 54206477

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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