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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Harvard 5/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ-C] Rattlesden 19/11/43; returned from Caen 6/6/44 with Gerald Carter, Co-pilot: John Zannett, Navigator: Dale Kelly, Bombardier: Lester Frantz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Newton Riley, Radio Operator: Lee Baker, Ball turret gunner: Alf Walczak, Waist gunner: George Scearce, Waist gunner: Bob Long,Tail gunner: Dick Pearce (10 Returned to Duty); skidded off end of runway, Salvaged 7/6/44. STINKY.



  • 42-102591 Cactus Pete

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    While returning from a mission over Caen on 6 June 1944 at 23:49PM, D-Day, B-17 (serial number 42-102591) nicknamed "Cactus Pete" called for landing instructions and was advised to land at Rattlesden. The aircraft landed too fast and skidded into B-17 ...


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    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log