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42-31431

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/11/43; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 23/12/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 25/2/44 with Merlin Chardi, Co-pilot: Capt Campbell Palfrey, Navigator: Dewayne Pohl, Bombardier: Frank Stumpf, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Sheppard, Radio Operator: Rich Adams, Ball turret gunner: Jim Magruder, Waist gunner: John Leonard, Waist gunner: Ernie Lacross,Tail gunner: Larry House (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Ottweiler, between Alschbach & Niederwurzbach, nine miles E of Saarbrucken, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2891.

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...

  • 710th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of Saarbrucken, GR enroute to the target Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31431. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Merlin Chardi

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of Saarbrucken, GR enroute to the target Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31431. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence House

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of Saarbrucken, GR enroute to the target Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31431. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ernest Lacross

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of Saarbrucken, GR enroute to the target Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31431. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Leonard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of Saarbrucken, GR enroute to the target Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31431. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Magruder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of Saarbrucken, GR enroute to the target Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31431. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Campbell Palfrey

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of Saarbrucken, GR enroute to the target Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31431. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft I. Liberated by Russians on 2 May 1945. Returned to US by Army about July 1945.

  • Dewayne Pohl

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of Saarbrucken, GR enroute to the target Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31431. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ray Sheppard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of Saarbrucken, GR enroute to the target Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31431. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Stumpf

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of Saarbrucken, GR enroute to the target Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31431. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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) Belgium 25 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2891 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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