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42-37854

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 23/9/43; Harvard 9/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 19/11/43; t/o accident with Gene Gibson 6/1/45. Salvaged; referred to in Engineering report as "camera and weather ship."

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 near the close of 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces connected with a...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron

People

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Otto Moreland

    Military | Corporal | Lower Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Mr. Moreland had been employed by the United States Postal Service office at Smithville as a rural letter carrier for many years until retiring in 1980. Prior to that, he had worked for Koch in North Kansas City, Mo.; Ford Aircraft, Claycomo, Mo.; and...

  • Harold Motz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Harold Motz served as a navigator with the 708th squadron, 447th Bomb Group, 3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force and was based at Rattlesden, England -- about 50 miles east of Cambridge. ...

  • Joseph Pfeiffer

    Military | Corporal (5th Grade) | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Joseph Pfeiffer served as a tail gunner with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Edwin Wells

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Was a lifelong member of the Virgina Bar Association. He worked for State Farm Insurance for 41 years, retiring as regional vice-president in Frederick, Maryland in 1981. He was survived by his wife, two children, and four grandchildren.

  • Robert Westrope

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Bob Westrope served as a pilot with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Harold Woods

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Engineer | 447th Bomb Group
    Born in Orienta, Oklahoma, on November 30, 1923, Harold was the son of Maggie Myrtle (Scarbrough) and Dana McCoy Woods. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps as a top turret gunnery engineer in a B-17. He flew 36 missions over...

Missions

  • 527

    7 August 1944

  • 530

    8 August 1944

  • 570

    25 August 1944

  • 575

    26 August 1944

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2017 02:31:46 timothymotz Changes to mission associations
Sources

Timothy Motz; from a mission list kept by Harold Motz and compared to Doyle Shields, "Hisatory of the 447th Bomb Group"

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2017 03:30:41 timothymotz Changes to description
Sources

addition to history by Timothy Motz from 447bg.com

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2017 03:28:51 timothymotz Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Timothy Motz from 447bg.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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