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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 December 1942 to April 1943 by ground personnel of the 322nd Bomb Group. After an exchange of airfields between the 3rd and 4th Bomb Wings, it was eventually occupied in November 1943 by the 447th Bomb Group equipped with four-engine B-17 bombers. The group returned to the USA in July 1945 after which the station returned to the RAF. It was used briefly as a Ministry of Food buffer depot but closed in 1946. Part of the site was used as a Bristol Bloodhound missile base by the RAF during the 1960s, but the whole airfield was sold in 1967-68 and mostly returned to agriculture. The Rattlesden Gliding Club was established in 1976, uses the wartime Control Tower as its club house and operates on the north east part of the airfield.

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Service

Units

People

  • Clarence Aaberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Clarence Aaberg was Killed on Mission (KOM) on 25 Feb 1944 while flying as the pilot of B-17G-15-DL 42-37855 "Rosemary III" flown by 2nd Lt Clarence A Aaberg, on his third mission, and his crew of 711st BS, lost #3 engine went out 10 minutes after...

  • Louis Achuff

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Lochmuhle on 9 Feb 45 in B-17 #446581

  • Chester Adams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    11-Mar-44 Shot down by AA fire in B-17G 42-97484, 447BG/710BS while serving as Navigator. Aircraft crashed in the North Sea shore off Haamstede, Holland on a mission to Munster, Germany on 11 Mar 1944. Most aircrew landed on sandbank at low tide, but...

  • Junior Adams

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 'Yellow Cab' #4232081

  • Richard Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of Saarbrucken, GR enroute to the target Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31431. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231217. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • August Altese

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Originally with 301st BG in the 15th AF stationed in Italy. After being transferred to 8th AF, he flew in B17 'Milk Wagon' with 447th BG/708th BS. ...

  • Clarence Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed on take-off, April 12, 1944, B-17G #42-31088, 'Heaven Can Wait'. Navigator in Philip King crew.

  • Millard Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Went down in Channel in B-17 'Yellow Cab' #4232081

  • Dean Benzer

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier | 447th Bomb Group
    Dean Benzer served as a bombardier with the 447th Bomb Group during World War II. He flew in a B-17G called 'Hilgard 900'.

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Aircraft

  • 42-102395

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Gr Island 15/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 8/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Tom Mandrell, Co-pilot: Bill Popovich, Navigator: Don McDougall, Bombardier: Okley Wheeler{Wounded in Action},...

  • 42-102419

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Cheyenne 2/3/44; Hunter 16/3/44; Nashville 23/3/44; Dow Fd 12/4/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG [IJ-E] Rattlesden 20/4/44; crashed on take off for mission28/6/44 with Tom Brown, Co-pilot: Bob Jacobs, Navigator: Herbert Wolf, Bombardier: T/Sgt Tom Middleton,...

  • 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; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Chas Dowler, Co-pilot: Vern Arnold, Navigator: Fred Kleps, Bombardier: George Kramer, Flight engineer...

  • 42-102431 Slick Chick

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 447BG Rattlesden 22/4/44; transferred 550BS/385BG [SG-Y] Gt Ashfield 23/4/44; battle damaged Mannheim 21/1/45 with Alfred Jacobsen; crash landed Pottswick Hall, Bradwell, Ex, UK,...

  • 42-102441

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Gr Island 13/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 8/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 7/10/44 with Bob Harwood, Jim Kelley, Karl Wendell, Russell Tolle, Sam Manipella, Dick Roberts, Ron Fleming (7 Prisoner of...

  • 42-102471

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG [IJ-B] Rattlesden 22/4/44; Missing in Action Chemnitz 11/9/44 with Leroy Hyder (KIA-chute failed, crashed through factory roof); Co-pilot: Harry Wood, Navigator: Jim...

  • 42-102479

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ- ] Rattlesden 8/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Edgar Farrell, Co-pilot: John Benedict, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Peters, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-102494

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Dow Fd 19/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ- ] Rattlesden 20/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Ralph Simon, Co-pilot: Ed Tully, Navigator: Joe Teixeira, Bombardier: Ralph Pittman, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-102567

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; force landed base with Clark Graham 19/4/44; Dow Fd 24/4/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 3/5/44; crashed on take off with Jesse Sills 1/1/45, Salvaged.

  • 42-102591

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ- ] Rattlesden 22/4/44; returned from Caen 6/6/44 with Phil Chase, Co-pilot: George Phillips, Navigator: Francis Prendercast{Wounded in Action}, Bombardier: George...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2017 15:43:20 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations
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Connected aircraft records that have Rattlesden in their biography fields.

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2016 20:24:47 Jeff Coleman Changes to person associations
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Jeff Coleman

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2015 19:46:59 LUCKY PARTNERS Changes to known as, usaaf from date and construction date
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Harold Kiena

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

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

Roger Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual (2nd edn, London, 2001)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Rattlesden (RGC location error)

http://www.controltowers.co.uk/r/rattlesden.htm

http://www.in-england.co.uk/Gliding_Clubs/England7033.htm

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