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William F Powell


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.



  • Clarence Aaberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Clarence Aaberg was on his 3rd mission, and pilot of B-17 #42-37855 on return from a mission to Regensburg, Germany on 25 February 1944. The Fortress had lost #3 engine 10 minutes after target. The crew saw a lot of German fighters around, a few...

Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb 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


  • 42-37855 Mr Terrific

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/9/43; Harvard 10/10/43; Assigned 92BG Podington 18/11/43; transferred 447BG Rattlesden 1/44; sustained battle damaged Regensburg 25/2/44 with Clarence Aaberg (KIA - nursed it across the English channel, jumped after he ordered the...


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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History Roster, Enlisted Men, as of 01 August 1945, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces