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Sunday, March 15, 2015

WC/RW (NWA) Capt. Kennon B. Sorgenfrei

 
~ IN MEMORY ~
WWII hero, WCA/RW (NWA) Captain Kennon 'Ken' Boyd Sorgenfrei
December 31, 1921 ~ March 6, 2015
 
Word has been received with the passing of WWII veteran retired West Coast Airlines/AirWest (NWA) pilot Captain Ken Sorgenfrei, age 93. 
To date we have only been able to locate the Seattle death notice thus arrangements are not yet known.  Last July we printed some of Capt Sorgenfrei's story as was taken from various news articles:   Kennon Boyd Sorgenfrei, born 12-31-1921 in Oregon, was raised in Washington state and was a 1939 graduate of Snohomish High School.  He enlisted May 27, 1942 in the Army Air Corps.  A July 1943 archived Seattle news article reads: “Among the men reporting to Brooks Field, Tex., for advanced flying training, which will lead to winning their ratings of pilot and aerial observer, were the following men from Washington state.....Kennon B. Sorgenfrei...”.  Salute to our Service Men, a Sept. 19, 1944 news article column reads: “A  second Oak-Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal to 1st Lieut. Kennon B. Sorgenfrei, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack D. Sorgenfrei of Snohomish, for action as a pilot, from bases in Italy”.  An Oct. 18, 1944 article notes The Purple Heart awarded to 1st. Lieut. Kennon B. Sorgenfrei.
 
Capt. Sorgenfrei had most recently resided at 4525 378th Pl SE  ,  Snoqualmie, WA 98065-9107  ...  (425) 888-5570...please see more below.
 
Should we receive more information as to arrangements, we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
 
 

Sorgenfrei, Kenno: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Deceased Name: Sorgenfrei, Kenno

93 of Issaquah, March 6.
 

 
 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Good Read - HL 212 (3)



From: Carol  Date: 7/21/2014 11:16:12 PM 
Subject: good read.....WWII veteran 1st Lieut. Kennon B Sorgenfrei/WCA Capt. Ken Sorgenfrei

of interest ....passing along a good read....one of the chapters in this book chronicles WWII veteran WCA/RW (NWA)  Capt. Ken Sorgenfrei and his crew....
read more of his personal story in this 1994 news article athttp://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19940724&slug=1921802 
Kennon Boyd Sorgenfrei, born 12-31-1921 in Oregon, was raised in Washington state and was a 1939 graduate of Snohomish High School.  He enlisted May 27, 1942 in the Army Air Corps.  A July 1943 archived Seattle news article reads: “Among the men reporting to Brooks Field, Tex., for advanced flying training, which will lead to winning their ratings of pilot and aerial observer, were the following men from Washington state.....Kennon B. Sorgenfrei...”.  Salute to our Service Men, a Sept. 19, 1944 news article column reads: “A  second Oak-Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal to 1st Lieut. Kennon B. Sorgenfrei, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack D. Sorgenfrei of Snohomish, for action as a pilot, from bases in Italy”.  An Oct. 18, 1944 article notes The Purple Heart awarded to 1st. Lieut. Kennon B. Sorgenfrei.


Heros Of WWII -- A Hero's Welcome In France (1994 article)

The French have told the story of the Sorgenfrei crew for 50 years.................How 11 American fliers and their 21-year-old commander from Seattle fell out of the sky and into the washboard foothills of the Alps during World War II.............How they joined the French maquis who were in guerrilla warfare against Germany............................How they climbed a mountain to help evacuate a rebel field hospital from avenging German troops..........................And, finally, how they came down off the mountain at war's end to a champagne welcome, greeted by village women who wore silky blouses sewn from their parachutes.............................. Sorgenfrei, a retired commercial airline pilot from Seattle........... knighted by the French government into the Legion of Honor.................The order - France's highest award - was created in 1802 by Napoleon to honor anyone of any nationality for service to France.....................Sorgenfrei, ..........accepting the award on behalf of his crew. ........................The Sorgenfrei crew were trained to fight World War II from a B-24 bomber................ for 37 days after their plane was shot down over a mountain village in France, the 11 young American fliers belonged to the maquis, the scraggly guerrillas who harassed the German occupation forces across France, keeping the dream of freedom until the war was over............Ken Sorgenfrei was 21 when he was sent to Europe to fight for that principle.He and the crew had been together for six months, training in Texas and Kansas. He had 250 hours of flying time when he signed them up for their first B-24.They were assigned to a base in Spinazzola, Italy, and began flying bombing missions over industrial and transportation targets in Germany.............Just one more raid . . .Fifty years ago last Tuesday - July 19, 1944 - the Sorgenfrei crew was on its 43rd combat mission. One more raid on one more German bridge, railyard or highway and their tour would be over.......................


more information at  http://forum.armyairforces.com/losses-of-460-BG-07191944-m92953.aspx  ..... information about the 460th Bomb Group losses on 19 July 1944. This was a bad day for us.  We lost seven planes.   The target was the Allach Engine Factory at Munich.  Here is a list of the losses.

Veterans History Project
Kennon B. Sorgenfrei Collection
(AFC/2001/001/75583), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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THE SHELBURNE ESCAPE LINE
Anacortes author Réanne Hemingway-Douglass announces the release of her new book: The Shelburne Escape Line – Secret Rescues of Allied Aviators by the French Resistance, Britain’s Royal Navy and London’s MI-9. A lifelong Francophile, Réanne tells the true story of the Shelburne Line, a secret escape route for Allied aviators stranded in WWII France, and the only line not infiltrated by the Gestapo. The book pays tribute to the audacity and heroism of the French Resistance members and Allied military and intelligence personnel who made the escapes possible. It also recounts the experiences of some of the numerous Allied airmen who were shot down over Occupied France. Réanne brings a personal touch to these histories, as many of the people she writes about are her friends.

From: Ray D Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 5:16 PM
Subject: Captain Ken Sorgenfrei, WCA


Captain Ken Sorgenfrei, WCA 

Thought I would pass along that a lady author Reanne Hemingway-Douglass, has written a book entitled The Shelburne Escape Line, and it has an entire chapter dedicated to Ken and his comrades during their escape out of harms way.A great read if anyone is interested in that history during WW II.  Please pass along and hope you enjoy the book. 
Vern Jones

The Shelburne Escape Line
by Reanne Hemingway-Douglass (Goodreads Author)
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00  ·  rating details  ·  2 ratings ·  1 review
This book tells the story of the "Shelburne Line," a secret Breton evacuation route for Allied airmen stranded in occupied France during World War II. It pays tribute to the audacity and heroism of the men and women—French Resistance volunteers and Allied military personnel—who made the Line possible. It also recounts the experiences of some of the numerous Allied airmen w...more
Paperback, 197 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Cave Art Press
ISBN13 9781934199053
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21566837-the-shelburne-escape-line
 
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