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Robert C Stevenson

Military

Stevenson was an original member of the 447th Bomb Group, and gave his name to the B-17 'Old Scrapiron' after becoming involved in a bar fight during training. He was killed during a combat orientation flight on 29 April 1944 with Elmer D. Johnson's crew, where he was flying co-pilot.

Stevenson's crew were disbanded following his death, until they reassembled with Stevenson's co-pilot Dahlgran as pilot.

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Service

People

  • Abel Dahlgran

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group

  • John Frisbie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH Buried Lorraine American Cemetery Plot G Row 6 Grave 4 St Avold, France

  • Russell Hatchett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Russell T. Hatchett “Tom” Ball Turret Gunner ...

  • John Hoegen

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH MACR 4253

  • Douglas Irvine

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Sgt. Douglas James Irvine killed in action on 29 April 1944. He was Born 1 May 1923 in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was the second oldest of 9 children. On June 25th 1940, at the age of 17, he immigrated to Vandalia, Montana, where he lived and...

  • Elmer Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH MACR 4253

  • Joseph Kotulak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Adger Matthews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH MACR 4253

  • Louis Rogers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Flew Jimmy Stewart in the mosquito on a mission, when they got to altitude (30,000+) he looked over and noticed that Jimmy was asleep, passed out from lack of oxygen. L. A. dived down to a lower altitude and returned to Watton. ...

  • Orville Springstead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH Buried Lorraine American Cemetery Plot D Row 42 Grave 26 St Avold, France NOK Ivan A. Springstead 1114 Stanton Street Port Huron, Michigan

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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...

  • 711th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31582 Ol' Scrapiron

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Paine Fd 28/11/43; Toledo 1/12/43; Felts Fd 4/12/43; Gt falls 5/12/43; Cheyenne 7/12/43; Kearney 19/12/43; Detroit 8/1/44; Montreal 10/1/44; Presque 12/1/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 23/1/44. ...

  • 42-97501

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Presque Is 4/1/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 5/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Elmer Johnson, Co-pilot: Bob Stevenson, Navigator: Adger Matthews, Bombardier: Les Walker, Radio Operator:...

Missions

  • 327

    29 April 1944

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

Event Location Date
Born
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 29 April 1944
Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2019 15:43:13 Emily Changes to role, biography, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.447bg.com/Stevenson%20Dahlgran%20Crew.htm

Information and research from Martin and Delena Merenda, family of Russell T Hatchett, who was part of Stevenson's original crew.

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2018 03:37:17 BriRau44725 Changes to mission associations
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LA Rogers diary and mission cards
447bg.com

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 20:11:03 BriRau44725 Changes to biography
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MACR 4253

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 19:53:07 BriRau44725 Changes to media associations
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447bg.com

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 16:25:50 BriRau44725 Changes to media associations
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MACR 4253

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 16:21:24 BriRau44725 Changes to biography
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MACR 4253 and interview with Louis A. Rogers.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 16:19:17 BriRau44725 Changes to person associations
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MACR 4253

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 16:18:45 BriRau44725 Changes to person associations
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MACR 4253

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 16:18:15 BriRau44725 Changes to person associations
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MACR 4253

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 16:17:48 BriRau44725 Changes to person associations
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MACR 4253

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 16:17:03 BriRau44725 Changes to person associations
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MACR 4253

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 16:16:35 BriRau44725 Changes to person associations
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MACR 4253

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 16:15:52 BriRau44725 Changes to person associations
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MACR 4253

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 16:15:17 BriRau44725 Changes to service number
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MACR 4253

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2017 12:57:58 RauschB Changes to events
Sources

Personal recollection from Louis Rogers

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4253 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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