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Fred W Kleps Jr


Born in Amherst, Ohio. Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 42-102421. Killed in Action (KIA).



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
  • 711th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102421

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44; Gr Island 16/3/44; Presque Is 2/4/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG [CQ-M] Rattlesden 6/4/44. ...

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 Amherst, Ohio
Killed in action 29 April 1944


Date Contributor Update
26 February 2020 14:31:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

MACR 4254

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2020 23:17:08 timothymotz Changes to biography, place associations and aircraft associations

Timothy Motz

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:22 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4254