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42-31154 O "Shack Happy" 708th BS Undated photo.
Probably one of the few OD aircraft stripped of paint, as traces are still seen around windows. Lost to flak over Merseburg on November 25, 1944.



  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb 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


  • 42-31154 Shack Happy

    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...


  • 723

    25 November 1944


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
04 May 2016 18:01:33 timothymotz Changes to place associations

Timothy Motz

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2016 18:01:32 timothymotz Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Timothy Motz