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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
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ-] Rattlesden 22/4/44; returned from Caen 6/6/44 with Phil Chase, Co-pilot: George Phillips, Navigator: Francis PrendercastWounded in Action, Bombardier: George Betker,...

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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 February 2020 01:21:27 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames

Added the A/C nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log