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Captain Abel Winfield Dahlgran, 447th Bomb Group and his crew at Rattlesden. Winfiled is on front row, left.



  • 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...


  • Abel Dahlgran

    Military | Captain | Pilot

  • Russell Hatchett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    S/Sgt. Russell T. Hatchett “Tom” Ball Turret Gunner ...

  • Jack Keller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner; Bombardier; Togglier
    26 missions, 2 togglier, 24 tail gunner flew on 'Ol' ScrapIron' AM w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster ' DFC


  • 42-31582 Ol' Scrapiron

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Paine Fd 28/11/43; Toledo 1/12/43; Felts Fd 4/12/43; Gt falls 5/12/43; Cheyenne 7/12/43; Kearney 19/12/43; Detroit 8/1/44; Montreal 10/1/44; Presque 12/1/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 23/1/44. ...


Date Contributor Update
15 August 2019 15:32:17 Emily Changes to unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations

Associated Old Scrapiron, and two members of the crew after taking to Martin and Delena Merenda (family of Russell T Hatchett) who have a copy of this photo

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2017 14:54:22 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption and person associations

"Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.