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Francis C Prendercast


Prendercast suffered a mild injury on 6 June 1944, D-Day after his aircraft skidded into another on return from a mission.


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...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102591 Cactus Pete

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    While returning from a mission over Caen on 6 June 1944 at 23:49PM, D-Day, B-17 (serial number 42-102591) nicknamed "Cactus Pete" called for landing instructions and was advised to land at Rattlesden. The aircraft landed too fast and skidded into B-17 ...

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
Wounded in Action Rattlesden 6 June 1944
Lived in Des Moines, IA, USA


Date Contributor Update
18 January 2019 16:06:33 Emily Changes to role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Bishop & Hey, Losses of the 8th and 9th

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2019 16:04:29 Emily Changes to surname

Changed spelling of surname in accordance with Bishop & Hey, Losses of the 9th and 9th

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2018 14:58:52 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

"Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:45 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