Asbornsen, Norman, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 349th Bomb Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hudson County
Last Address
Thorpe Abbotts, England

Casualty Date
Jun 25, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
North Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
100th Bombardment Group, Heavy349th Bomb Squadron
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 349th Bomb Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Norman Asbornsen was residing in Hudson County, New Jersey when he entered the military service. No NARA enlistment record has been located. He received basic training and then flexible aerial gunnery training. Upon completion of this course, he was assigned to a combat crew of the 100th Bomb Group and deployed to England with the unit in May 1943.

On June 25, 1943, Asbornsen was scheduled to take part in a bomb raid at Bremen, Germany. The formation was unescorted, and was soon heavily engaged by German fighters. A burst of machine gun fire evidently damaged the plane and wounded the pilot. The bail out signal was given but before the crew could respond, the aircraft exploded.

There was only one survivor, who was picked up by a German rescue boat. Neither the survivor nor the German crew saw any parachutes. The wreckage fell approximately 30 km north of Langeoog, Germany.

German records state the B-17 was shot down by Feldwebel Edgar Dorre, flying a BF-109 from JG 29/9.

SSgt Asbornsen is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the American War Cemetery at Margraten, Holland.
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The aircraft involved in this incident was B-17F # 42-3260, nicknamed "Angel's Tit," assigned to the 349th Bomb Squadron. No photo of the aircraft, containing nose art, has been found.

Missing Air Crew Report 271 applies, and states the crew consisted of:

1 Lt Alonzo P. Adams     p
F/O George Z. Krech    c-p
2 Lt Nicholas Demchak     nav
2 Lt Jessie G. Gurley     bomb
TSgt John K. Sullivan    eng/tt gun
TSgt James D. Percell     r/o
SSgt John C. Kruzich    btg
SSgt Edmonde J. Walker    lwg
SSgt Norman Asbornsen    rwg
SSgt Bryant Hutchinson    tail gun

Lt. Demchak was the only survivor, and was taken as a prisoner. All other crew members were killed and are remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the American War Cemetery at Margraten, Holland. Evidently some bodies were later recovered, as known burial sites in addition to posting to the Tablets of the Missing are noted.

In the crew photo, SSgt Asbornsen is front, right. This is not "Angel's Tit," but a training aircraft in Wendover, Utah in1943 prior to deployment.

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