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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Gr Island 12/45/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 30/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 6/12/44 with Howard DeMallie, Chas Olson, Don Holmes, Howard Derp, Lowell Strain, Henry Rutkowski, Loel Bishop (7 Prisoner of War); Dick Fuller (evaded capture); Joe Marlowe (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Ronduite, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 11052. BLANC DIABLO.



  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming near the close of 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces connected with a...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron


  • Loel Bishop

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Richard Fuller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near Mepple on 12/6/44 in B-17 'Blanco Diablo' #42102658. He was only member of crew to escape. Spent 5 months with Dutch Underground. Returned to Allied Control 1 Apr 45 Pilot was Richard De Mellie

  • Donald Holmes

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Howard Jr

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

  • 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...

  • Howard Mallie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group

  • Joe Marlowe

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Mepple in B-17 'Blanco Diablo' #42102658

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  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 619

    10 September 1944

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Delivered Germany 6 December 1944


Date Contributor Update
03 February 2017 02:35:26 timothymotz Changes to mission associations

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

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2016 02:49:30 timothymotz Changes to nicknames and events

Aircraft nickname added by timothymotz

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11052 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database