William M Lindgren, 39274737, Staff Sergeant, 711th Bombardment Squadron (H), 447th Bombardment Group (H), Army Air Forces, Tail Gunner for B-17-G, “My Gal” #239882, United States Army. Awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action against the enemy of the United States, 11 January 1944, while serving as a Ball Turret Gunner on a B-17 airplane on a combat mission over Germany.
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...
Military | Technical Sergeant | Armorer Gunner
11 January 1944
Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...