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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Harvard 7/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 19/10/43; Missing in Action Merseburg 25/11/43 with Norman Wiggin, Ray Hansen, Phil Harper, Andy Bezak, Ken Reynolds, Marvin Olson, Chester Lambert (7 Killed in Action); Phil Moscherosch, Jim Martin (2 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10855 (?10755). SHACK HAPPY.

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

  • Andrew Bezak

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He joined the group on 03 Apr 1942. He flew on LT. Maurice Salada crew. He was the 3rd EM to complete tour of 25 missions in May 1943. He left the 306th BG; went on a 30 day furlough and reported to the 447th BG. ...

  • 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.

  • Richard Conant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic Gunner 748 - Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • 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.

  • Raymond Hansen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Philip Harper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 11/25/44 in B-17 'Shack Happy' #4231154

  • Chester Lambert

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 11/25/44 in B-17 'Shack Happy' #4231154

  • 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...

  • James Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Merseburg on 11/25/44 in B-17 'Shack Happy' #4231154

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

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) Germany 25 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2017 20:03:49 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
03 May 2016 16:42:15 timothymotz Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Timothy Motz

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10755 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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