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42-31144

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Harvard 6/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 21/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Hayden Hughes, Co-pilot: Howard Barr, Navigator: Bill Allen, Bombardier: Dick Johnson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Zesut, Radio Operator: Ray Small, Ball turret gunner: Jim Boyd, Waist gunner: Barley Hill,Tail gunner: George Bentley (9 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Roger Hess (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KOd #2, crashed near Destedt, seven miles E of Brunswick, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4247.

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

  • William Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 42-31144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Howard Barr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • George Bentley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Boyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31144, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Roger Hess

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231144. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Barley Hill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Hayden Hughes

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    B-17G 42-31227 'Dottie Jane' was hit by flak on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 but was able to return to base. RTD. Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 42-31144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Richard Johnson

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Robert Kropp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Robert John Kropp was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 18 Nov 1915. As a child, he worked as a newsboy. He graduated high school and college and worked for a long time as treasurer at McGillis and Gibbs, a company that sold telephone poles. Robert...

  • Raymond Small

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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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) Germany 29 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2016 16:03:25 JoeTate Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://www.447bg.com/Harvard%20Planes.htm

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4247 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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