Aaberg, C. A.

The Clarence A. Aaberg crew: 711th Squadron

Rattlesden, Feb 44

Standing L-R:  
Lt Irving Danzig Bombardier
Lt Ellis B. Colvin Navigator
Lt Clarence Aaberg Pilot
Lt Thomas F. Moriarty Co-Pilot
S/Sgt Richard C. Pitt Engineer
Kneeling L-R:  
Sgt W.F. Powell Waist Gunner
Sgt Charles Lamb Waist Gunner
Sgt Fernand R. DuHadway Ball Turret Gunner
Sgt G.S. Foster Tail Gunner
S/Sgt William D Ernest Radio Operator

 

 


 

01/13/44 In Transit by air
02/10/44 – 06/44 711th Squadron, Rattlesden, UK Special Order No 37, 02/10/44

 

Combat Missions

The Aaberg crew underwent many changes as noted below, and the individual crew members did not always fly together to complete their tour. The following list shows the missions flown by Co-pilot (and later First Pilot) Lt. Thomas F. Moriarty.

 

MISSION DATE TARGET AIRCRAFT
1 2/20/1944 TUTOW 42-37855
2 2/24/1944 ROSTOCK 42-37855
    Returning from this mission with three engines failing, the aircraft reached England when the crew bailed out. Lt. Clarence Aaberg was the last to leave the plane, and was killed when his parachute failed to open. See Combat Diary- Richard Pitt, Jr. His place was taken by Lt. George Hoffmeister, co-pilot from the original Keller crew, for many of the missions to follow.
3 2/25/1944 REGENSBURG unknown
4 3/3/1944 BERLIN – RECALL 42-31206 Journey’s End
5 3/6/1944 BERLIN unknown
6 3/8/1944 BERLIN 42-31206
7 3/13/1944 NOBALL NO. 74 BOIS DE LA JUSTICE  42-31206
8 3/18/1944 MUNICH 42-31104
9 3/20/1944 FRANKFURT 42-31206
10 3/23/1944 BRUNSWICK 42-31206
11 3/28/1944 CHARTRES 42-39865
12 4/8/1944 RHEINE 42-31206
13 4/9/1944 WARNEMUNDE unknown
14 4/11/1944 ARNIMSWALDE 42-31206
15 4/18/1944 ORANIENBURG RATHNOW 42-31206
16 4/19/1944 LIPSTADT WERL 42-31161
17 04/20/44 NOBALL 42-102441 TNT Katie
18 04/22/44 HAMM 41-107197
19 04/26/44 BRUNSWICK unknown
    Co-pilot Moriarty is made First Pilot for the crew
20 04/27/44 LE CULOT 42-31206
21 05/07/44 BERLIN 42-31206
22 05/09/44 LAON/ATHIES A/D 42-31206
23 05/11/44 MALINES 42-31206
24 05/20/44 LIEGE 42-31206
25 05/22/44 KIEL 42-31206
26 05/23/44 TROYES 42-31206
27 05/27/44 KARLSRUHE 42-31206
28 05/28/44 KONISBURG 42-31206
29 05/29/44 LEIPZIG 42-31206
30 06/02/44 CONCHES A/F 42-31206

 


 

 

Lt. Clarence Aaberg
Killed in Action, February 24, 1944

Lt. Thomas F. Moriarty; Co-Pilot and 1st Pilot

S/Sgt Richard Pitt, Jr.; Engineer

S/Sgt William Ernst; Radio Operator

Sgt Cleveland Lamb, Jr.; Waist Gunner

Sgt William Powell; Waist Gunner

Sgt Gilbert Foster; Tail Gunner

Lt. Clarence Aaberg

 

 

 

Captioned: Memorial services for Clarence A Aaberg held at East Writing Rock Church on April 2, 1944 Insignia piece (right) he gave to his sweetheart.

 

 

See also: Combat Diary- Richard Pitt, Jr.

Flying Log – Lt. Thomas F. Moriarty (coming soon)

 

 

 

 

 


Some photos/information provided by:
Ellis Colvin
Tom Moriarty
Richard Pitt III

Some information and/or images sourced from the American Air Museum database