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St Nicholas, Rattlesden

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Detailed history

For the 447th: Memorial plaque in the north aisle of this church. Also a memorial chapel, dedicated to the Bomb Group.

Connections

People

  • Walter Beecroft

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/153645925/walter-h-beecroft

  • Walter Bloecker

    Military | First Lieutenant | pilot | 447th Bomb Group

  • Warren Callahan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Warran Callahan served as a co-pilot with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • John Casey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Frank Ciccone

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Diamond

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Thomas Diamond served as a top turret gunner with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • John Dillon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Lt. John "Jack" Francis Dillon, was the co-pilot on the B-17 King Crew "Heaven Can Wait" An Irish Catholic boy from the Bronx NY. He loved his wife Connie, his brother Ray and sisters Ave and Pat, his big Irish family, his country and he loved to fly....

  • Robert Femoyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Refused morphine after being mortally wounded so that he could navigate his crippled aircraft back to safety. On seventh mission. Navigator on B-17G-25-DL Flying Fortress 42-38052, Hotshot Green

  • Oscar Flores

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Oscar Flores served as a waist gunner with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Willard Lawrence

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Willard Lawrence was born on Jul. 12, 1921 in Jamestown, North Dakota, USA. His career included thirty years active duty in the United States Air Force, serving in three wars (WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War) as a pilot and later as a comptroller, he...

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Aircraft

  • 42-102632 Due Back

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 1/4/44; Dow Fd 18/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ-B] Rattlesden 22/4/44; Missing in Action Ausum A/Fd, Ger 27/8/44 with Hugh Bowers, Co-pilot: Jim Doster, Navigator: George Pasvanis, Bombardier: Leonard Moore, Flight...

  • 42-31095 Ground Pounder

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Harvard 4/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 19/11/43; Missing in Action Hamm 29/11/44 with ? , unknown crew except Waist gunner: Garrett Rozema. THE GROUND POUNDER.

  • 42-31154 Shack Happy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Harvard 7/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 19/10/43; Missing in Action Merseburg 25/11/43 with Norman Wiggin, Ray Hansen, Phil Harper, Andy Bezak, Ken Reynolds, Marvin Olson, Chester Lambert (7 Killed in Action); Phil...

  • 42-97400 Fuddy Duddy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/2/44; Kearney 12/3/44 (LT Edward H. Grossheim crew, as "Little Stinker"); Dow Fd 5/4/44 (LT Edward H. Grossheim crew, as "Little Stinker"); Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 7/4/44 (renamed "Fuddy Duddy"); Missing in Action Misburg...

  • 43-37756 Milk Wagon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/44; Kearney 27/5/44; Dow Fd 8/6/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 9/6/44; completed 129 missions with no abort; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 43-37774

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 1/6/44; Grenier 16/6/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 20/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-37830 Lady Jane, Stinky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/44; Hunter 6/6/44; Dow Fd 27/6/44; Assigned 94BG Rougham 19/6/44; transferred 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 20/6/44; battle damaged Soest, Ger 10/3/45 with ?; force landed continent; Salvaged 14/3/45. LADY JANE.

  • 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 8/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 28/9/44; landing accident with Paul Miller 19/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 19:38:36 usxpat Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history and media associations
Sources

http://eastangliamemorials.blogspot.co.uk/

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