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Hayden Hughes crew, 447th Bomb Group, 708th Squadron. Photo taken at Rattlesden, England, March, 1944. Order unknown: Lt. Hayden T. Hughes, Lt. Howard N. Barr, Lt. William H. Allen Jr., Lt. Richard H. Johnson, Sgt. Walter J. Zesut, Sgt. Raymond J. Small, Sgt. James R. Boyd, Sgt. Roger Hess, Sgt. Barley E. Hill, Sgt. George R. Bentley

Connections

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

  • William Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 42-31144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Howard Barr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Pilot
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • George Bentley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Boyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31144, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Roger Hess

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231144. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Barley Hill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Hayden Hughes

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    B-17G 42-31227 'Dottie Jane' was hit by flak on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 but was able to return to base. RTD. Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 42-31144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Richard Johnson

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Raymond Small

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Walter Zesut

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31144, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2020 20:57:02 timothymotz Changes to collection
Sources

from Pictorial History of the 447th Bombardment Group (H) https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/41056

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2020 19:54:48 timothymotz Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Timothy Motz, from Pictorial History of the 447th Bombardment Group (H) https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/41056; identifications from 447bg.com

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