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John Edward Follen Jr.

Military

Capt John Follen:
Served as a pilot with the 447th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, WWII, Rattlesden, England.
Commander of a B-17 at age 20, and was the youngest member of the crew that served with him. He flew 44 combat missions over Germany with the 8th Air Force. He racked up 875 flying hours and 275 combat flying hours.
He was awarded the Air Medal, 5 Oak Clusters/1 Silver Oak Cluster, the European Theatre Ribbon, 3 Battle Stars for the Rhineland, Ardennes & Central Europe battle/campaigns, the American Theatre Ribbon, the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and 1 Overseas Service Bar.
Pilot B-17 "Task Force" 42-6052
Pilot B-24
Fighter Pilot P-51 Mustang
P-51 Flight Instructor stateside, after the war.
July 25, 1924 - February 1, 1989

Service

Units served with

  • 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...

Aircraft

  • 42-6052

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/7/43; Pendleton 24/7/43; Geiger 11/8/43; Walla Walla 18/11/43; 497BG Pratt 8/8/44; 232 BU Dalhart 24/8/44; 331 BU Barksdale 29/10/44; 247 BU Smoky Hill 5/4/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

Associated Place

  • 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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2017 06:59:01 MFOLLEN Changes to biography, awards, place associations and aircraft associations
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Discharge papers

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 23:31:36 MFOLLEN Changes to media associations
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Personal history.

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 22:52:13 MFOLLEN Changes to nickname
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Personal history.

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 22:10:41 MFOLLEN Changes to highest rank and role
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Discharge papers.

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 22:09:57 MFOLLEN Changes to awards
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Discharge Papers.

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 22:08:37 MFOLLEN Changes to awards
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Discharge papers.

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 22:07:08 MFOLLEN Changes to middlename and suffix
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Discharge Papers.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History Roster as of 01 August 1945

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