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43-37756

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/44; Kearney 27/5/44; Dow Fd 8/6/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 9/6/44; completed 129 missions with no abort; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 21/11/45. MILK WAGON.

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

  • August Altese

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Originally with 301st BG in the 15th AF stationed in Italy. After being transferred to 8th AF, he flew in B17 'Milk Wagon' with 447th BG/708th BS. ...

  • 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.

  • Ned Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Flew B-17 'Milk Wagon. ' AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster Lt. Clark flew more missions on MIlk Wagon than any other pilot

  • 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.

  • Willard Lawrence

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Willard Lawrence was born on Jul. 12, 1921 in Jamestown, North Dakota, USA. His career included thirty years active duty in the United States Air Force, serving in three wars (WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War) as a pilot and later as a comptroller, he...

  • Otto Moreland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Lower Ball Turret Gunner/Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Mr. Moreland had been employed by the United States Postal Service office at Smithville as a rural letter carrier for many years until retiring in 1980. Prior to that, he had worked for Koch in North Kansas City, Mo.; Ford Aircraft, Claycomo, Mo.; and...

  • Harold Motz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Harold Motz served as a navigator with the 708th squadron, 447th Bomb Group, 3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force and was based at Rattlesden, England -- about 50 miles east of Cambridge. ...

  • Robert Orlosky

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Crew Chief | 447th Bomb Group
    Sgt. Orlosky was crew chief for "Milk Wagon" (43-37756), a B-17 with the 708th squadron, 447th Bomb Group. Milk Wagon completed 129 missions and had the highest number of consecutive missions without an abort for mechanical reason in the 3rd Air...

  • Joseph Pfeiffer

    Military | Corporal (5th Grade) | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Joseph Pfeiffer served as a tail gunner with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

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Missions

  • 591

    30 August 1944
    End of Operation Overlord.

  • 595

    1 September 1944

  • 606

    5 September 1944

  • 637

    17 September 1944

  • 642

    19 September 1944

  • 658

    2 October 1944

  • 662

    3 October 1944

  • 8th Air Force 670

    9 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 674

    12 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 677

    14 October 1944
    Black Week

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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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2017 02:46:38 timothymotz Changes to person associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2017 02:28:17 timothymotz Changes to mission associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2017 22:25:01 timothymotz Changes to place associations
Sources

Timothy Motz

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2015 18:10:55 LUCKY PARTNERS Changes to production block number, manufacturer, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Harold Kiena

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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