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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Gr Island 13/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 8/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 7/10/44 with Bob Harwood, Jim Kelley, Karl Wendell, Russell Tolle, Sam Manipella, Dick Roberts, Ron Fleming (7 Prisoner of War); Art Skarsten, George Bulgarelli (2 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9764. TNT KATIE.

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

  • George Bulgarelli

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Merseburg in B-17 'TNT Kate' #4338531

  • Ronald Fleming

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Robert Harwood

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Merseburg on 10/7/44 in B-17 'TNT Kate' #42102441

  • James Kelley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Merseburg on 10/7/44 in B-17 'TNT Kate' #42102441

  • Samuel Manipella

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Merseburg on 10/7/44 in B-17 'TNT Kate' #42102441

  • Richard Roberts

    Military | Private | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Merseburg on 10/7/44 in B-17 'TNT Kate' #42102441

  • Arthur Skarsten

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Merseburg in B-17 'TNT Kate' #42102441

  • Russell Tolle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Merseburg on 10/7/44 in B-17 'TNT Kate' #42102441

  • Karl Wendell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

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 7 October 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9764 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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