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Boyd Wemark Sorenson


Boyd Sorenson studied at Pipestone High School and enlisted in the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force). Transferred from RCAF to U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 as a fighter pilot. Assigned to the 78th Fighter group / 83rd Fighter Squadron. Flew 89 missions in the European Theater in WWII. Shared with Lt Harold J. Morris the destruction in flight of a German Fw190 fighter on a bomber escort mission to Metz on 25 April 1944. Boyd Sorenson flew 72 missions in the USAF during the Korean War. Served with the Army Aviation, 5th Regimental Combat Company. Ended his military career with the rank of Captain.



  • Harold Morris

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Born and raised in Oklahoma, Harold Morris studied at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond City. After two years at College there, he moved to Pensacola, Florida. He enlisted in the Air Corps in January 1942 in Oklahoma and followed training...

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Units served with

  • 2906th Observation Training Group
  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 83rd Fighter Squadron



Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born South Dakota, United States 1923

the son of Magnus and Nellie Sorenson

Lived in Sweet Township, Pipestone County, Minnesota, United States 1940
Transferred England 1943

to the US Army Air Forces

Crashed 20 October 1943

20 October 1943 accident in P- 47 41-6619 on local training flight out of Atcham.


in the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force)


Date Contributor Update
13 September 2017 15:45:42 general ira snapsorter Changes to events, unit associations and aircraft associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Unit roster on page 134 in 'Eagles of Duxford' book by Fry;
- Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 348

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2016 15:32:03 ED-BB Changes to middlename, role, biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations

National WWII Registry
US 1940 Census

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:45 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list