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Russell Tom Hatchett


S/Sgt. Russell T. Hatchett “Tom” Ball Turret Gunner
U.S. Army 8th Air Force
447th Bomb Group 711 bomb Squadron
B-17 Flying Fortress AC# 42-31582 “Ol’Scrapiron”
Rattlesden, Suffolk, England, spring 1944
Brief history
In April 1944 Tom and the crew arrived in Rattlesden England after training in the States. The original crew consisted of:

Co-Pilot; Able W. Dahlgran (later became the original crew pilot after Stevenson was killed in action)
Pilot; Robert C. Stevenson, nick named “Ol’Scrapiron”. (Killed in action on his 2nd orientation mission)
Navigator; Erwin A Smith
Bombardier; Gordon T. Todd (wounded in action by flak, facial injury)
Standing Left to right…
Gunner/Radio; Kenneth L. Ramey
Waist Gunner; Albert Acuna (Wounded in action by flak, lost an eye)
Gunner Engineer Top Turret; Lorn B. Heeb (Ben)
Ball Turret; Russell T. Hatchett (Tom)
Tail Gunner; Jack D. Keller
Waist Gunner; William Levinsky (Bill)


Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb 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...


  • 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; Missing in Action...

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Date Contributor Update
04 July 2019 15:35:26 Scrapiron Changes to biography

Martin Merenda son-in law to Tom Hatchett .

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2019 20:57:32 Scrapiron Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, place associations and aircraft associations

Martin Merenda, son in-law to S/Sgt. Russell T. Hatchett "Tom" Ball Turret Gunner who served on B-17 Ol'Scrapiron AC# 42-31582. Assigned to 447th Bomb group 711 squadron, based in Rattlesden.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:50 AAM AAM ingest

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