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43-38473

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/8/44; Lincoln 17/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 8/9/44; (first aircraft fitted with Cheyenne turret); Missing in Action Kassel 30/12/44 with Bruce Bates, Herb Nachman, George Mixon, Bob Cordell, Jim Toler, Bill Lindsey, Bill Wheeler, Clair Palm, Ben Torre (9 Killed in Action); mid air coll, crashed Wenings, Ger?. Missing Air Crew Report 11240.

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

  • Bruce Bates

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • Robert Cordell

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • William Lindsey

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • George Mixon

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • Herbert Nachman

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • Clair Palm

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • James Toler

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473. B-17G #43-38473 took off from Rattlesden, England on a bombing mission over Mannheim, Germany. Near the target they collided with B-17G "Fuddy Duddy" #42-97400 which was believed to be caused by ...

  • Benjamin Torre

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • Bill Wheeler

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

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...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11240 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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