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43-38731

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 13/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 1/10/44; Missing in Action Oranienburg 15/3/45 with Harluf Jessen, Harry Pfautz, Karl Laubhan, Dick Kirkorowski, Helmer Gangestad, Claude Gatlin, Ed Evans tg, Cecil Campbell obs (8 Killed in Action); Bob Dwight, Walt Hoffman (2 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Schonhausen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13044. BLYTHE SPIRIT.

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...

  • 711th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Blattner

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    June 1, 1922: Edward Aloysius Blattner (Nickname: "Buddy") was born in Chicago Illinois ...

  • Charles Bruckman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Damaged 34th BG aircraft (#43-38971) mid-air collision with Ol' Scrapiron (#42-31582). Ol' Scrapiron broke apart at the waist on 23 Mar 1945. Seven crewmen of Ol' Scrapiron killed in Action (KIA) including Bruckman. Two survived (Schlag and Shibble).

  • Cecil Campbell

    Military | Sergeant | Observer | 447th Bomb Group

  • Robert Dwight

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Schonhausen on 15 Mar 45 in B-17 'Blythe Spirit' #4338731

  • Edward Evans

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Schonhausen in B-17 'Blythe Spirit' #4338731

  • Helmer Gangestad

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Schonhausen in B-17 'Blythe Spirit' 43-38731

  • Claude Gatlin

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Schonhausen in B-17 'Blythe Spirit' #4338731

  • Walter Hoffman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 15 Mar 45 in B-17 'Blythe Spirit' #4338731

  • Harluf Jessen

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group

  • Richard Kirkorowski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Schonhausen in B-17 'Blythe Spirit' #4338731

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Missions

  • 881

    11 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

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 15 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2018 21:41:04 jhuck Changes to nicknames
Sources

From the files of John G Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13044 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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