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Marvin Otto


Marvin was assigned to the 100th Service Group. “In England our unit was split in half. My half went to set up three air fields being built. We put up Nissen huts, mechanic facilities and bomb and ammo storage dumps.” His last field was Rattlesden, England where he was permanently assigned as support.
Marvin’s duties included supervision of bomb and ammunition delivery to the base and maintenance of a perpetual inventory of their supply. Ammunition delivered loose in ammo boxes were loaded into ammunition belt links.
He was involved in the recovery of sixteen bombs buried in the ground at Rattlesden from a bomber that dropped them when it exploded in the air. Some of the bombs contained delayed action fuses. Each bomb when located was disarmed.
A B-17 that returned from a mission to Berlin had a large “flak” hole in the left side of the fuselage. The radio operator’s compartment had been totally destroyed and the radio operator blown out of the aircraft. One bomb bay door had been blown away. The aircraft landed with one flat tire and the ball turret guns pointing downward dragging on the runway. One bomb had not released over the target and was jammed in the wreckage of the bomb bay area. While fuel leaked from the aircraft and sparks emitted from the electrical system, Marvin disarmed the bomb and removed it from the aircraft. For his actions he was awarded the Soldier’s Medal.


Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 100th Service Group

    100th Service Group

    Established as 100th Air Base Group, 13 Jan 1942 Activated on 9 Feb 1942. Redesignated 100th Service Group, 13 Jun 1942. Redesignated 100th Air Service Group, 18 Nov 1944 Disestablished, 25 Apr 1945

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...


Event Location Date
Lived in Alta, IA 51002, USA


Date Contributor Update
13 April 2018 13:27:06 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

New entry added with details from "Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 26 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.