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
Fighter Pilot P-51 Mustang
P-51 Flight Instructor stateside, after the war.
July 25, 1924 - February 1, 1989
Units served with
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...
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)...
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...