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Ralph Jackson Connell Jr

Military

Killed in Action (KIA). First mission November 13, 1943 and date of accident. Upon takeoff from base on mission to Bremen 13-Nov-1943, 384th was recalled. B-17 #42-24575 'Sunrise Serenader' vibrated before going into a spin and broke in two near Wargrave, Berkshire.
9 KOM 1RTD.

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Service

Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24575 Sunrise Serenader

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-S] Presque Is 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-J] Grafton Underwood 19/9/43; detailed Bremen 13/11/43 but recalled with Ralph Connell, Co-pilot: Albt Doman, Navigator: Larry Angthius, Bombardier...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wewakitchka, Florida 11 August 1920
Died Wargrave, Reading RG10, UK 13 November 1943
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2017 07:03:26 Race7223 Changes to media associations
Sources

1st Lt. Ralph Jackson Connell, Jr. is my great-uncle.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2017 15:59:11 Lucy May Changes to service number
Sources

AAIR 43-11-13-500 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2015 00:39:08 bombercommand Changes to middlename and place associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=778

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 371, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=c... / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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