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Paul J Collins

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Service

People

  • William Beste

    Military | Sergeant | Radio operator | 447th Bomb Group
    M.O.S. 757

  • Rocco DeFilippis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Rocco DeFilippis was Bombardier on board B-17 #42-97291 of 303rd Bomb Group / 359th Bomb Squadron. Lost on the 24 August 1944 mission to the Leuna refinery in Merseburg, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8212.

  • Robert Harris

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer-gunner (left waist) | 447th Bomb Group

  • Leonard Hessenauer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Lyndon Lakeman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 447BG, 8AF USAAF. Dale Hanks crew. 35 x missions on B-17's. ETD. Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Flying de Havilland Mosquito's. ...

  • Leslie Lund

    Military | First Lieutenant | 447th Bomb Group

  • Lonnie McDonald

    Military | 447th Bomb Group

  • John Noonan

    Military | First Lieutenant | 447th Bomb Group

  • Lowell Simmons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Berlin on 6/21/44 in B-17 #4297932 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Henri Wohnsen

    Military | 447th Bomb Group

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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...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102658 Blanco Diablo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Gr Island 12/45/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 30/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 6/12/44 with Howard DeMallie, Chas Olson, Don Holmes, Howard Derp, Lowell Strain, Henry Rutkowski, Loel Bishop (7...

  • 42-107220 Swanee Pride

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 22/4/44; landing accident with Art Jacques 21/2/45; crash landed non-op flight 24/5/45; Salvaged. SWANEE PRIDE.

  • 42-31092 Butch II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/43; Gr Island 3/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 19/11/43; transferred 708BS/447BG [CQ- ] Rattlesden /43; Salvaged 20/4/45. BUTCH II.

  • 42-31095 Ground Pounder

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Harvard 4/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 19/11/43; Missing in Action Hamm 29/11/44 with ? , unknown crew except Waist gunner: Garrett Rozema. THE GROUND POUNDER. ...

  • 42-31154 Shack Happy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Harvard 7/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 19/10/43; Missing in Action Merseburg 25/11/43 with Norman Wiggin, Ray Hansen, Phil Harper, Andy Bezak, Ken Reynolds, Marvin Olson, Chester Lambert (7 Killed in Action); Phil...

  • 42-31185 Satchel Lass

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/9/43; Harvard 13/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 19/11/43; crash landed 4/9/44, Salvaged.

  • 42-97400 Fuddy Duddy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/2/44; Kearney 12/3/44 (LT Edward H. Grossheim crew, as "Little Stinker"); Dow Fd 5/4/44 (LT Edward H. Grossheim crew, as "Little Stinker"); Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 7/4/44 (renamed "Fuddy Duddy"); Missing in Action Misburg...

  • 42-97804

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 1/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 12/11/45.

  • 43-37531 'QUIEN SABE?'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/4/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 8/5/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Roy Wing, Wilbert Norring, Warren Capron, Earle Poole, Norbert Petris (5 Prisoner of War); Larry Bonk,...

  • 43-37756 Milk Wagon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/44; Kearney 27/5/44; Dow Fd 8/6/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 9/6/44; completed 129 missions with no abort; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

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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...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2020 20:43:24 Lowell Silverman Changes to service number, highest rank and awards
Sources

Interview with Paul J. Collins on August 28, 2020; Special Order No. 144, HQ, USAAF STA 126 (dated June 15, 1944). Achieved rank of 1st lieutenant during WWII, achieved rank of major prior to retirement in 1963.

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2020 15:48:55 Lowell Silverman Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Updated Paul J. Collins mission record compiled by Chris French. Aircraft used on aborted mission October 7, 1944 after swap.

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2020 16:13:31 Lowell Silverman Changes to person associations
Sources

Collins trained with Lt. DeFilippis stateside; interview with Major Paul J. Collins (July 21, 2020) https://www.fold3.com/page/653606765-rocco-defilippis

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2020 12:32:45 Lowell Silverman Changes to awards
Sources

Theater information

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2020 12:14:35 Lowell Silverman Changes to person associations and media associations
Sources

1st Lieutenant Paul J. Collins Combat record compiled by Chris French

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2020 11:47:07 Lowell Silverman Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

1st Lieutenant Paul J. Collins Combat record compiled by Chris French

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2020 11:27:25 Lowell Silverman Changes to nickname, role, awards, person associations and unit associations
Sources

Journal-Every Evening (November 27, 1944)
The News Journal (June 6, 2016)
SO #144, HQ, USAAF STA 126 (June 15, 1944)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:14 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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