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B-17 Flying Fortress

Cheyenne 2/3/44; Hunter 16/3/44; Nashville 23/3/44; Dow Fd 12/4/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG [IJ-E] Rattlesden 20/4/44; crashed on take off for mission28/6/44 with Tom Brown, Co-pilot: Bob Jacobs, Navigator: Herbert Wolf, Bombardier: T/Sgt Tom Middleton, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Melvin Hann, Radio Operator: Peter Karp, Ball turret gunner: Francis Peisel, Waist gunner: John Chernega, Waist gunner: Joe Chebeta,Tail gunner: George Felsing (10 Returned to Duty); mechanical fault led to fire break out, and call to bale out; crash landed a few miles away at Woolpit, Suffolk, UK 28/6/44, Salvaged.



  • 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...


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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log