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1LT Alden R. Witt

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1LT Alden R. Witt

Birth
Yuma County, Arizona, USA
Death
29 Dec 1943 (aged 22)
Wales
Burial
Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot
Plot D Row 7 Grave 73
Memorial ID
56295672 View Source

First Lieutenant Witt was stationed 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
~
Entered the service from Texas. Service ID: O-665367

First Lieutenant Witt was stationed 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
~
Entered the service from Texas. Service ID: O-665367


Inscription

1LT, 334 AAF BOMB SQ, 95 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II


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  • Maintained by: James Durham
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56295672
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56295672/alden-r-witt: accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Alden R. Witt (7 Nov 1921–29 Dec 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56295672, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England; Maintained by James Durham (contributor 46994633).