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Richard H Conant

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  • 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

  • 42-31154 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...

  • 42-32080 Virginia Helen, Stinky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Gr Island 17/2/44; Presque Is 2/3/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 17/3/44; caught fire on training flight 2/5/45, Salvaged. STINKY.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 238

    28 February 1944
    A combined force of 258 B-17s are despatched from 1st and 3rd Air Divisions to bomb V-Weapon sites around the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. Mission Summary follows> ...

  • 8th Air Force 240

    29 February 1944
    A combined force of 226 B-17s from 3rd Air Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 452BG are despatched to bomb the German aircraft factoried at Brunswick, Germany. 218 are effective on the target. 1 aircraft Failed to Return...

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

  • 8th Air Force 259

    15 March 1944
    The industrial areas of the secondary target of Brunswick, Germany. A combined force of 344 heavy bombers from 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 291

    8 April 1944

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 03:44:13 Gus Changes to mission associations
Sources

Richard H. Conant Collection. Individual Flight Record and Personal Journal.

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 02:48:11 Gus Changes to mission associations
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Richard H. Conant Collection - Individual Flight Record and Personal Journal Entry

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 01:58:22 Gus Changes to person associations
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Richard H. Conant Collection

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 01:56:31 Gus Changes to media associations
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Richard H. Conant Collection

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 01:42:20 Gus Changes to person associations
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Richard H. Conant Collection

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 01:40:58 Gus Changes to person associations
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Richard H. Conant Collection

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 01:39:37 Gus Changes to person associations
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Richard H. Conant Collection

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 01:38:03 Gus Changes to person associations
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Richard H. Conant Collection

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 01:36:00 Gus Changes to person associations
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Richard H. Conant Collection

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2017 23:52:04 Gus Changes to mission associations
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Richard H. Conant Collection. Individual flight record and personal journal entry.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2017 23:32:44 Gus Changes to aircraft associations and media associations
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"Shack Happy"

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2017 01:36:25 Gus Changes to media associations
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Richard H. Conant Collection.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2017 03:53:10 Gus Changes to person associations
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Richard H. Conant personal collection.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2017 03:50:13 Gus Changes to aircraft associations and media associations
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447th Bomb Group Association

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2017 03:46:00 Gus Changes to person associations
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Personal collection of Richard H. Conant

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2017 03:41:53 Gus Changes to mission associations
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Individual flight record. Personal journal entry.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2017 03:38:57 Gus Changes to unit associations
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Service record

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2017 03:37:15 Gus Changes to awards
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Discharge papers.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2017 03:33:46 Gus Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank and role
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Discharge papers

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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