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Dean S Flemming


First Lieutenant Dean Flemming served as a co-pilot/pilot with the 709th Squadron, 447th Bomb Group. Assigned A/C was #42-37864, the Marty. Dead-stick landing of "Hi Mack" in March 1944 (press release on 447th Bomb Group Website).
He ditched B-17 #42-31519 on 29 April 1944. All of the crew were picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to duty.
Read more about Flemming's service on the 447th Bomb Group website:



  • Lloyd Ittel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Lloyd Ittel was Co-Pilot on the Dean Flemming crew on the 29 April 1944 mission to Berlin on board B-17 #42-31519. On return, the Fortress ditched in the North Sea. All 10 men on board rescued and returned to duty (RTD).

  • Carl McCuen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Carl McCuen broke his leg when his aircraft 42-31519 ditched in the North Sea on 29 April 1944. He was safely rescued and recovered.

  • Leslie Orr

    Military | 447th Bomb Group

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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...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31519 Wolf Pack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Boise 24/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Chicago 8/1/44; Romulus 9/1/44; Presque Is 11/1/44; ...

  • 42-37864 Marty

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 25/10/43; Harvard 29/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG [IE-K] Rattlesden 21/11/43. Assigned Aircraft of the Flemming Crew until their tour was completed in early May 1944. Missing in Action on the 20 May 1944 mission to Brussels. Pilot...

  • 42-39886 Hi Mack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/9/43; Harvard 14/10/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 22/11/43; transferred 709BS/447BG [IE-J] Rattlesden 23/11/43; on return from Bohlen 29/6/44 with Selmer Skalitzky, Co-pilot: Don Erwin, Navigator: Frank Scheible, Bombardier:...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born 23 June 1920

Millville, New Brunswick, Canada

Lived in 1942

Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine

Enlisted Portland, ME, USA 11 February 1942
Died 16 September 2015

Newmarket, New Hampshire


Date Contributor Update
16 September 2020 10:44:34 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations

His witness statement on page 3 of MACR 4938 (NARA) about the loss of #42-37864
Dean S. Flemming obituary :!/Obituary

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2017 19:05:52 Gliderguy Changes to biography, awards and events

son, Dana L. Flemming

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2016 15:17:45 Lucy May Changes to surname, service number, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Correspondence with Dean Flemming's son, Dana.

NARA Enlistment Record:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:12 AAM AAM ingest

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