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42-102632

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 1/4/44; Dow Fd 18/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ-B] Rattlesden 22/4/44; Missing in Action Ausum A/Fd, Ger 27/8/44 with Hugh Bowers, Co-pilot: Jim Doster, Navigator: George Pasvanis, Bombardier: Leonard Moore, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Miller, Radio Operator: Bill Purcell, Ball turret gunner: Ed Noga, Waist gunner: Nathan Stark,Tail gunner: Ed Bennett (9KIA-bodies washed up later); flak, crashed off Sylt, Ger.; Missing Air Crew Report 8458. DUE BACK.

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Aircraft

  • 42-102632 Due Back

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 1/4/44; Dow Fd 18/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ-B] Rattlesden 22/4/44; Missing in Action Ausum A/Fd, Ger 27/8/44 with Hugh Bowers, Co-pilot: Jim Doster, Navigator: George Pasvanis, Bombardier: Leonard Moore, Flight...

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

  • Edward Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed into North Sea in B-17 Due Back #42102632

  • Hugh Bowers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed into North Sea in B-17 Due Back #42102632

  • Warren Callahan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Warran Callahan served as a co-pilot with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Thomas Diamond

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Thomas Diamond served as a top turret gunner with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • James Doster

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed into North Sea in B-17 Due Back #42102632

  • Oscar Flores

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Oscar Flores served as a waist gunner with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Willard Lawrence

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Willard Lawrence was born on Jul. 12, 1921 in Jamestown, North Dakota, USA. His career included thirty years active duty in the United States Air Force, serving in three wars (WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War) as a pilot and later as a comptroller, he...

  • Leonard Moore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed into North Sea in B-17 Due Back #42102632

  • Otto Moreland

    Military | Corporal | Lower Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Mr. Moreland had been employed by the United States Postal Service office at Smithville as a rural letter carrier for many years until retiring in 1980. Prior to that, he had worked for Koch in North Kansas City, Mo.; Ford Aircraft, Claycomo, Mo.; and...

  • Harold Motz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Harold Motz served as a navigator with the 708th squadron, 447th Bomb Group, 3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force and was based at Rattlesden, England -- about 50 miles east of Cambridge. ...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

  • 583

    27 August 1944

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...

  • Rattlesden Memorial

    Other location

  • St Nicholas, Rattlesden

    Other location

  • Rattlesden Gliding Club

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 27 August 1944

Due Back was part of a mission (583) to Attack Berlin but RTB due to WX. On return - Crew attempted to attack Husum Airfield in NW Germany near the coast of the North Sea and Danish Border (Airfield is incorrectly ID'd as Ausum in MACR 8458). Lt. Hugh Bowers' Crew were all lost (KIA). Conflicting reports of loss due to Flak (from MACR) and a Collision from a post mission report which Mentions Lt. Bowers on his 35th mission (Damn it) may have collided with a B-24 and crashed into the Sea. All bodies were later recovered on the German Island of Sylt on the Danish/German Coast of the North Sea. God rest the souls of these brave men!

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2017 23:23:00 timothymotz Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Timothy Motz; from mission list kept by Harold Motz, compared with Doyle Shields, "History of the 447th Bomb Group"

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2016 23:59:12 Pilotson2 Changes to events
Sources

The crew of the Due Back 42-102632 was possibly on their 25th mission (not 35th). The mission target was Berlin.

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2015 02:10:22 Pilotson2 Changes to description
Sources

Son of pilot is source of information.

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 00:34:51 noelark Changes to media associations
Sources

noelark

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 00:23:54 noelark Changes to events
Sources

noelark@comcast.net

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 00:21:12 noelark Changes to events
Sources

noelark@comcast.net

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 00:16:17 noelark Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

MACR 8458

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 00:13:25 noelark Changes to mission associations
Sources

noelark@comcast.net

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 19:35:35 Pilotson2 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Source: Picture of aircraft and crew, Christopher Bowers (son of pilot)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8458 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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