Tage Ragner Nielsen

S/Sgt    37434765    614th
1917 - 1943

Left Waist Gunner onboard 42-31098 (Penny's Thunderhead)

Madingley cemetery, Camebridge, England.
Wall of Missing

     Tage was born Feb 18, 1917 and his family immigrated from Denmark in 1924, they were farmers.
     They lived at the Coon Township, Bena Vista County in Iowa.

     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG and he flew 3 missions
     The last mission on 11 December 1943, Target: Emden, the plane was hit by flak and Tage and 7 more
     crew members had to bail out over Holland
     Unfortunately I believe , he fell in the water and did not reached the shore...
     He was awarded with an Air medal and a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1943, when Tage died on the age of 26 he left behind his family :

         His father, Jens M. Nielsen, age 45
         His mother Otilde Nelsen, age 46
         His sister, Annie Nielsen, age 21
         His brother, Carl Nielsen, age 19
         His siter, Edith Nielsen, age 16

Individual casualty questionaire

Told by 2nd Lt. John Barret , Navigator.

- Did they bailed out ? : Yes.

- Where ? : Northern Holland

- Last contact just prior to loss of plane ? : None

- Where were they last seen ? : All bailing out.

- Any explanations of their fate ? :

      When I went out I saw land below and also five chutes open, which I assume to be , Shaw - Cope
      Masterman -Nielsen - Bargfrede, because I know Carlson an Robinson went out 5 minutes later
      ( Carlson told me later ).
      I delayed my jump from around 20.000 Ft to around 1000 Ft.
      I landed in water a couple hundred yards from mainland ( Holland ).
      I fell that those men who opened chutes at altitude drifted out to sea and drowned.
      Carlson and Robinson went out later over water and Carlson fortunately was rescued by Germans.
      I believe Robinson also drowned.

- Total number of missions of above crew members ? : 3.

- Date and destinations if possible ? : Nov 26,   1943 Bremen
                                                                     Dec 1,     1943 Solingen
                                                                     Dec 11,   1943 Emden

Captain Kaufman's first crew.

Back Row: L-R Capt. Kaufman , Lt. F. B. Robinson , Lt. R. C. Fitzgerald , Lt. J. A. Barrett
Front Row: Sgt. F. R. Cope , Sgt. H. A. Shaw , Sgt. D. H. Carlson , Sgt. TAGE RAGNER NIELSEN , Sgt. H. L. Bargfrede , Sgt.E. W. Masterman

Photo Courtesy of Rick Kaufman.

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