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42-102471

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG [IJ-B] Rattlesden 22/4/44; Missing in Action Chemnitz 11/9/44 with Leroy Hyder (KIA-chute failed, crashed through factory roof); Co-pilot: Harry Wood, Navigator: Jim Voorhies, Bombardier: Dick Thomas, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Sulaica, Radio Operator: John McCleod, Ball turret gunner: Lynn Lee, Waist gunner: Ralph Persun,Tail gunner: Don Karg (8 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Lucka, near Leipzig, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8924.

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...

  • 710th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Le Roy Hyder

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down and crashed near Zeitz in B-17 42-102471 ...

  • Donald Karg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Zeitz on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102471 POW

  • Lynn Lee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Zeitz on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102471 POW

  • John Leod

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Ralph Persun

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • William Sulaica

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Zeitz on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102471 POW

  • Richard Thomas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Zeitz on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102471 PO

  • James Voorhies

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Zeitz on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102471 POW

  • Harry Wood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 9/11/44 in B-17 #42102471 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 11 September 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8924 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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