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42-32080

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Gr Island 17/2/44; Presque Is 2/3/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 17/3/44; caught fire on training flight 2/5/45, Salvaged. STINKY.

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

  • Thomas Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Flew 34 missions . One of planes was B-17 # 42-32080 'Virgin From Hell' Air Medal/Lucky Bastard Certificate

  • Richard Conant

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

  • David Irvin

    Military | Bombardier

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2017 03:30:57 Gus Changes to nicknames
Sources

447th Bomb Group Association

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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