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42-102395

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Gr Island 15/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 8/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Tom Mandrell, Co-pilot: Bill Popovich, Navigator: Don McDougall, Bombardier: Okley Wheeler{Wounded in Action}, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Jones, Radio Operator: Roy Wood, Ball turret gunner: Rae Womack, Waist gunner: Bob Garrett, Waist gunner: Joe Martin,Tail gunner: Alan Jones (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft caused severe damage, crashed SW of Giessen at Klein-Linden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4771.

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

  • Robert Garrett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Lost three engines on the return from a mission to Berlin that was recalled and crash landed near Friston, Sussex on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31155. RTD. Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102395. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alan Jones

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102395. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roy Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102395. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Mandrell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102395. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Martin

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102395. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald McDougall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • William Popovich

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102395. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Okley Wheeler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102395. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Rae Womack

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102395. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roy Wood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102395. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 12 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4771 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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