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Cletracs and ground personnel of the 447th Bomb Group attend to a crashed B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-39886). Handwritten caption on reverse: '29/6/44.'



  • 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...


  • 42-39886

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/9/43; Harvard 14/10/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 22/11/43; transferred 709BS/447BG [IE-J] Rattlesden 23/11/43; on return from Bohlen 29/6/44 with Selmer Skalitzky, Co-pilot: Don Erwin, Navigator: Frank Scheible, Bombardier:...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:41:42 AAM AAM ingest

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