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1Lt Alden R. Witt

1Lt Alden R. Witt

Birth
Yuma County, Arizona, USA
Death 29 Dec 1943 (aged 22)
Wales
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Memorial ID 56295672 · View Source
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First Lieutenant Witt served with the 95th
Bomb Group, 334th Bomb Squadron in England.
He was the pilot and one of eighteen
Army personnel killed (6 crew, 12 passengers) when
B-17F Flying Fortress #42-5791, nicknamed
"Ruthless," struck a hill, two miles southwest
of Newmarket, Wales, United Kingdom.

The bomber had departed for an "R&R" flight to
Scotland.

Flying through heavy cloud cover and in freezing fog,
the navigator relied on maps, and when they thought
they had reached the coast, descended out of the
clouds but they were off course by four miles and
still over mountainous terrain.

Service members who perished were:
(Crew):

Alden R Witt
William J Gaffney
Alan S Grant
Howard J Leddy
Kingsley F Spitzer
Wendell Verbulecz

(Passengers):

Arvid S Dahl
Louis S Green
Louis G Reno
Robert N Moon
Roy D Baughman
Dewey J Cox
Raymond A Loija
Harry A Shade
Eugene Downey
James W Leithead
Linuc C Thomas
Andrew J Mullavey


Family Members

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Texas.

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  • Maintained by: Tim Cook
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56295672
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Alden R. Witt (7 Nov 1921–29 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56295672, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by Tim Cook (contributor 46481904) .