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Sgt Carlton A Josephson
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Birth: Apr. 15, 1918
New Britain
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Mar. 19, 2001
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA


He survived the crash of B-17G #42-31097 'Mission Belle' while on a combat mission to a target at Leverkusen, Germany. The cause was reportedly due to flak bursts while the formation was under persistent head-on fighter attacks, leaving the ship with no controls. A 20mm shell blew out the armor plate near the cockpit, injuring Pilot Sunde in the back. The crew decided to ditch the aircraft in the Rhine River. There was one dinghy available, which several of the crew were able to utilize. Pilot Sunde attempted to swim to shore, but drowned before anyone could reach him. Three men were killed in action~

FO Harland V Sunde, ASN T-061036, Pilot, from Hennepin Co MN
Sgt Doyle C McCutchen, ASN 39542283, Ball Turret Gunner, from Los Angeles CA
Sgt John F Healy, ASN 32335119, Tail Turret Gunner, from Kings Co NY

Seven other crew members were able to bail out but were captured and taken as POWs~

2nd Lt James W Sweaney, ASN O-749108, Co-Pilot, from Riverside Co CA
2nd Lt Roger G Christensen, ASN O-739541, Navigator, from Cass Co IA
2nd Lt O D Tully, ASN O-685892, Bombardier, from Marshall Co AL
Sgt Claudio S Carano, ASN 32410832, Radio Operator-Gunner, from Kings Co NY
SSgt William P England, ASN 38168075, Flight Engineer, from San Miguel Co NM
Sgt Charles J Culver, ASN 35722592, Right Waist Gunner, from Henderson Co KY
Sgt Carlton A Josephson, ASN 31196558, Left Waist Gunner, from Hartford Co CT

A book has recently been written by Bill Yancy about this crew and the air crash tragedy of 1 December 1943. It is called We Knew We Were In for a Long Day .

JOSEPHSON, CARLTON A.: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Hartford Courant, The (CT) - Wednesday, March 21, 2001

Carlton A. Josephson, 82, of Woodfield Road, Southington, died Monday (March 19, 2001) at Bradley Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Gemma Aubin Josephson. Born in New Britain on April 15, 2001, the son of the late Albert and Hilma (Carlson) Josephson. He was employed with Stanley Works in New Britain, retiring after 43 years. He was a member of the American Legion, and former president of the Southington Little League. He was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Air Force. Besides his wife, he leaves his son, Paul and his wife Cynthia Josephson of Tyler, TX; a daughter, Susan and her husband, Wayne Chopus of Southington; four grandchildren, Wayne Chopus of Southington, Wendy Chopus Borkowski and her husband Christopher of Southington, Christine Vandiver and her husband Kuy of Whitehouse, TX, and Jennifer Brush and her husband, Bradley, also of Whitehouse, TX; four great grandchildren, Christopher and Ali Borkowski, Nicholas Vandiver, and Ana Brush; and a sister, Esther Johnson of East Harwich, MA. The Funeral will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m., at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 North Main Street, Southington. Calling hours are TODAY, March 21, 6-8 p.m. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to American Heart Assoc., 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492.
Page: B9
Copyright (c) 2001 The Hartford Courant Co.

Saint Thomas Cemetery
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Connecticut, USA
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