44-41222         B24J    Rosengren (MACR 16176)

 

On 28 July 1945, a B-24J, # 44-41222, “Lovable Lorena,” assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, and, on departure, the B-24 crashed. All were killed in the crash except PFC Taylor, who died of wounds on 2 August 1945. The crewmen were:

 

                                            Pilot                             2ndLt Norman A. Rosengren              0-2508089

                                            Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Joseph A. Tockstein                  0-782657

                                            Navigator                    F/O Robert M. Barham                       T-7018

                                            Radio Operator            Cpl John P. Zielinski                           37320734

                                            Engineer                      PFC Frank B. Taylor Jr.                       18007138

ROSENGREN, NORMAN AUGUST, Second Lieutenant, # 0-2508089, USAAF

 

Norman A. Rosengren was born on 5 December 1918 in Teton Co., Montana, to Sydney W. Rosengren (1886-1922) (Minnesota) and Ellen Francis (Carlson) Rosengren (1897-1937) (Montana) (married 5 September 1915, Farmington, Teton Co., MT). A brother was Harfield Sydney Rosengren (1922-1995). He was married to Elizabeth Vincent (Sorenson) Howard nee Rosengren (1921-2012) on 12 June 1940 in Choteau, Teton Co., Montana, and they had two sons. In 1930 they lived with maternal grandparents John August Carlson (1862-1937) (Sweden) and Mary Britta (born Britta Maha Andersdotter) (Bard) Carlson (1867-1945) (Sweden) in Choteau, Teton Co., Montana. He lived in St. John, Whitman Co., Washington, in 1940.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 July 1945, a B-24J, # 44-41222, “Lovable Lorena,” assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, and, on departure, the B-24 crashed. All were killed in the crash except PFC Taylor, who died of wounds on 2 August 1945. After recovery from the American military ceremony at Kalaikunda, India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 4 February 1949 (Sec. M, Grave 153).

 

His brother, Harfield S. Rosengren, born 31 March 1922, served in the U.S. Navy, Gunners Mate 3rd Class to 1st Class, Seaman 1st Class, # 3685750, from 7 January 1941 to 19 November 1946 and from 31 August 1950 to 20 November 1951 (WWII and Korea). He died on 20 February 1995 and is buried in the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California (Sec. 47, Grave 655). He served on the U.S.S. California (VO-2 – in 1941 BB-44) in 1941 (during the Pearl Harbor attack)-1944. The U.S.S. California was a Tennessee-class battleship; the only one of the dreadnaught type. She was sunk in the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese on battleship row. She was raised and reconstructed.

Under the command of Captain Henry Poynter Burnett, California departed Bremerton, Washington on 31 January 1944, for shakedown at San Pedro, California, and sailed from San Francisco, California, on 5 May, for the invasion of the Marianas. Off Saipan in June, she conducted effective shore bombardment and call fire missions.