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Glatton

Military site : airfield

Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm despite its proximity to the take-offs and landings of four-engined B-17 Flying Fortresses. The 457th Bomb Group lost 83 aircraft in action. The Group has a memorial to the men who died serving from Glatton air base in the Conington church graveyard.

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Service

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People

  • Lyle Astry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Moonlight Mission. ' T/O Glatton in B-17G #42-97955 on 28sept44, target Madgeburg, GE. Attacked by numerous fighters, left formation, and crashlanded in Belgium. Cew of nine all RTD.

  • Henry Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-17 #4231618 which ditched in channel. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • George Barnes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Gutersloh, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31596. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Richard Barnes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-17G Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    19 B-17G combat bombing missions survived between March 14 and April 20, 1945 ...

  • Helner Beck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #4297137. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Adrian Belanger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Bernau on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 #448368

  • Alexander Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armorer; Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down twice--Belgium and England at RAF Base in Warrington, 32 missions, only 1 crew member wounded- William Garrett, stationed at Glatton Nov 1944-June 1945 5 Air Medals

  • Richard Bennett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Lt. Bennett, having completed his tour with the 751st BS, asked for and received a transfer to a fighter group for P-51 transition training. He left Glatton 12 July 1944. Two weeks later, word came back that Bennett had been killed in a P-51 training...

  • Robert Black

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    T/O Glatton in B-17G #42-97955 on 28/sept44, target Madgeburg, GE. Attacked by numerous fighters, left formation, and crashlanded in Belgium. Cew of nine all RTD.

  • William Boyes

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD)

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Aircraft

  • 41-2578 Butcher Shop (97BG)/Big Tin Bird (20FG)

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...

  • 42-102458

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 757BS/457BG Glatton 1/5/44; no other info; Salvaged battle damaged SAD 27/6/44.

  • 42-102464 'Whats Next ?'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; with David Steele force landed base 16/4/44; Dow Fd 6/5/44; Assigned 750BS/457BG Glatton [G] 7/5/44; Missing in Action Le Bouget A/fd 14/6/44 with Chas Blackwell, Co-pilot: Theo Baskette, Radio Operator: Ed...

  • 42-102543

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Grenier 19/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-B] Nuthampstead 20/4/44; flew with 457BG Glatton on 29/6/44; (54m) Missing in Action Munster 28/10/44 with John Farmer, Navigator: Bob Chorba, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-102692

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 14/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 3/5/44; battle damaged Berlin 24/5/44 with ?; Salvaged 14/11/44.

  • 42-102905

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/4/44; Kearney 7/5/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [J] Glatton 16/5/44; Missing in Action Politz 7/10/44 with Clarence Jennings, Co-pilot: Dick Garland, Navigator: Martin Schwartz, Bombardier: Hardy Bell, Flight engineer...

  • 42-102948 The Denver Bandit

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [D] Glatton 23/5/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Keylon Clarke, Navigator: Walt Sundling, Bombardier: Bob Smith, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt...

  • 42-102949

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 30/6/44; transferred 508BS/351BG [YB-G] Polebrook 1/7/44; Missing in Action 22m Augsburg 19/7/44 with Herb Konecheck, Co-pilot: Barrett Levinsky, Navigator: Joe...

  • 42-102954

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/44; Kearney 3/5/44; Dow Fd 1/6/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [Q] Glatton 13/6/44; battle damaged Cologne 3/1/45 with ?; force landed continent, Salvaged 9/2/45.

  • 42-102965

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/4/44; Kearney 6/5/44; Dow Fd 23/5/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 24/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Harry Stafford, Co-pilot: Bernie Maverosky, Navigator: Arthur Flach, Bombardier: Tony Wodek, Flight engineer/top turret...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2017 09:11:16 Lucy May Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Connected aircraft records that have 'Glatton' in their biography fields.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

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