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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/2/44; Kearney 12/3/44 (LT Edward H. Grossheim crew, as "Little Stinker"); Dow Fd 5/4/44 (LT Edward H. Grossheim crew, as "Little Stinker"); Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 7/4/44 (renamed "Fuddy Duddy"); Missing in Action Misburg 30/12/44 with Wylie Leverett, Bob Mihovich, Jim Tiffany, Bob Hildebrandt, Roy Davis, Edwin Haynia, Earl Danhour (7 Killed in Action); Larry Adler, Harry Hunt (2 Prisoner of War); mid air coll, crashed Wenings, Ger?. Missing Air Crew Report 11228. LITTLE STINKER (before UK) aka FUDDY DUDDY.

Service

Units

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lawrence Adler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wenlngs on 30 Dec 44 in B-17 'Fuddy Duddy' #4297400

  • Warren Callahan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Warran Callahan served as a co-pilot with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Earl Danhour

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Wenlngs in B-17 'Fuddy Duddy' #4297400

  • Roy Davis

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Wenlngs in B-17 'Fuddy Duddy' #4297400

  • Thomas Diamond

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Thomas Diamond served as a top turret gunner with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Oscar Flores

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Oscar Flores served as a waist gunner with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Edward Grossheim

    Military | Major | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17 pilot with the 334th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group, from April 1944-November 1944. Wounded in action on 7/11/44. Completed 34 combat missions. Distinguished Flying Cross/Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Clusters/Purple Heart

  • Edwin Haynia

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Wenlngs in B-17 'Fuddy Duddy' #4297400

  • Robert Hildebrandt

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Wenlngs in B-17 'Fuddy Duddy' #4297400

  • Harold Hunt

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wenlngs on 30 Dec 44 in B-17 'Fuddy Duddy' #4297400

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

Places

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

  • Rattlesden Memorial

    Other location

  • St Nicholas, Rattlesden

    Other location

  • Rattlesden Gliding Club

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 30 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2017 19:38:52 timothymotz Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Timothy Motz; from a mission list kept by Harold Motz, compared with Doyle Shields, "History of the 447th Bomb Group"

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2016 17:09:54 timothymotz Changes to nicknames
Sources

Timothy Motz from info on 447bg.com

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2015 16:56:40 mdgtmstng Changes to description
Sources

:Little Stinker" notations, from the personal records of Ed Grossheim.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11228 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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