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William M Lindgren

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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...

  • 711th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39882

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 28/9/43; Harvard 14/10/43; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 1/11/43; retUS Bradley 10/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/12/45.

Missions

  • 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 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 253

    9 March 1944
    Berlin is once again targeted by this mission as a secondary target. Primary target not listed in source data. All 3 Air Divisions despatch aircraft. There is very little fighter opposition. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 301

    13 April 1944

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

  • 319A

    26 April 1944

  • 332

    1 May 1944

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Minnesota, USA 17 December 1922
Enlisted Minneapolis, MN, USA 28 October 1942
Died Lancaster, CA, USA 22 December 2010

Revisions

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William M Lindgren

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William M Lindgren

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William M Lindgren

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“My Gal”
B-17-G, #239882
Built by Vega and as fine a Fort as ever came off any line.
“Her Crew’

"Jack"” Gruber, Martin J. 0-802558 1st Pilot (Capt 5/2/44)
“"Larry"” Hatfield, Larry, S. 0-681406 Co-Pilot (1st 5/2/44)
“"Gene"” D’Albero, Eugene, G. 0-687816 Navigator (1st 5/2)
"Gus"” Herlth, August, E. 0-679511 Bombardier (1st 5/2)
"Lou"” Jenkins, Louis, L. T-SGT Engineer
“"Speed"” Stoyer, William, H. T-SGT Radio
“"Ray"” Hayes, Raymond, L. S/SGT Ball Turret
"Rock"” LoCarro, Rocco, J. S/SGT R. Waist
“"Bailey"” Swadley, Bailey, E. S/SGT L. Waist
"“Bill"” Lindgren, William, M. S/SGT Tail Gunner
“"Burt"” Wilson, B.L. S/SGT R. Waist

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2017 18:11:44 WWII37 Changes to nickname, awards, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Tail gunner with Flying Fortress, "My Gal".

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27 September 2014 18:28:31 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://493bgdebach.co.uk/roster_list.php

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