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Sgt George E. Olsen
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Birth: unknown
Death: Nov. 13, 1943, England

Gunner Sgt. George E. Olsen KIA
Hometown: East Englewood, New Jersey
Squadron: 506th BS 44th Bomb Group
Service #32561391
Awards: Purple Heart
Pilot 2nd/Lt. William H. Hart

Target: Bremen
Mission Date: 13- Nov-43
Serial Number: #42-7647
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Cause: Crash Landed
Location: England Crew of 10 2KIA

The second largest port in Germany was the objective for this mission, with its extensiveport facilities and large manufacturing and storage facilities as well as an important rail transport center. Adverse weather conditions, severe cold, and enemy fighters which rose to give fierce engagements to the 44th Bomb Group formation, made this raid a most difficult one. About 50 enemy aircraft made their attacks on the bombers from all directions, using the dense contrails to hide their approach. Due to these attacks, the Group suffered two aircraft lost as well as two other men KIA in returning aircraft; and another ship crash-landed. Three men were seriously wounded, none of them were identified on the casualty listing, are now identified in Squadron papers and shown in this section.

On this mission of 13 November, the Group suffered two additional men KIA on a 506th Squadron aircraft that was forced to crash-land when returning to England. Upon return from this raid, Lt. W.H. Hart, in A/C #647, circled the field and then crashed in some trees near the base. Killed were young George Olsen and Clifford Hurst. Ralph Strait was so badly wounded that he was not expected to live through the night, but he did, and ultimately returned to duty. All men with blood type AB were asked to report to the hospital due to the needs of these men. The pilot and other surviving crewmembers all had been injured or wounded prior to the crash. Only the two men killed had not been wounded by enemy action.

#42-7647 Crew
2nd/Lt. William H. Hart Pilot
2nd/Lt. Earl B. Knight Co Pilot
2nd/Lt. John J. Horey Navigator
2nd/Lt. Robert M. Courtaway Bombardier
Walter Procyszyn Engineer
Jacob F. Stambaugh Radio Op
Russell E Overly Gunner
S/Sgt Ralph E. Strait Gunner
S/Sgt Clifford C. Hurst Jr. Gunner KIA
Sgt. George E. Olsen Gunner KIA 
Note: Entered the service from New Jersey.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Cambridgeshire, England
Plot: Plot B Row 5 Grave 36
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56293045
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