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Bruce Bates crew; 447th Bomb Grouip, 708th Squadron. Photo taken at Drew Field, Florida, undated. Crew as assigned October 27, 1944 (SO258), order in photo unknown: Lt. Bruce E. Bates, F/O Herbert W. Nachman, F/O William Hecker, F/O George R. Mixon, Cpl. William H. Lindsey, Cpl. Clair E. Palm, Cpl. James L. Toler, Cpl. Benjamin D. Torre, Cpl. Bill Wheeler

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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

  • Bruce Bates

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • William Hecker

    Military | Second Lieutenant

  • William Lindsey

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • George Mixon

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • Herbert Nachman

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • Clair Palm

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • James Toler

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473. B-17G #43-38473 took off from Rattlesden, England on a bombing mission over Mannheim, Germany. Near the target they collided with B-17G "Fuddy Duddy" #42-97400 which was believed to be caused by ...

  • Benjamin Torre

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

  • Bill Wheeler

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wenlngs in B-17 #4338473

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2020 20:45:25 timothymotz Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Timothy Motz, from 447bg.com

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2020 20:42:11 timothymotz Created entry with caption and unit associations
Sources

Timothy Motz, from 447bg.com

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