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42-102494

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Dow Fd 19/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ- ] Rattlesden 20/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Ralph Simon, Co-pilot: Ed Tully, Navigator: Joe Teixeira, Bombardier: Ralph Pittman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Urdia, Radio Operator: Herman Grimm, Ball turret gunner: Clyde Chastain, Waist gunner: Kerwin Tozier, Waist gunner: Bill Nicholas,Tail gunner: Gene Minton (10 Killed in Action); hit by prop wash from another B-17, crashed North Sea, off St Peter, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 5249.

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...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clyde Chastain

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102494. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Herman Grimm

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102494. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Gene Minton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prop wash accident 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102494. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Nicholas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102494. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Ralph Pittman

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102494. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Ralph Simon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102494. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Joseph Teixeira

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Kerwin Tozier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102494. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Edward Tully

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102494. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John Urdia

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42102494. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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) Over Water (OW) North Sea 24 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5249 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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