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708th Bomb Squadron

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  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    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...

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Missions

  • 583

    27 August 1944

Stations

Station Location Date
Based Rattlesden

Connections

People

  • Junior Adams

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

  • Lawrence Adler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wenlngs on 30 Dec 44 in B-17 'Fuddy Duddy' #4297400

  • Charles Agantovich

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #4338725. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elvin Albaum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4231156. Returned to base.

  • James Alexander

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • William Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 42-31144. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • 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. ...

  • Jasper Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 5 Bronze Clusters, 1 Overseas Service Bar

  • Vernon Arnold

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42102421. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Vernon Arnold

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 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...

  • 42-102591 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 42-102658 Blanco Diablo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Gr Island 12/45/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 30/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 6/12/44 with Howard DeMallie, Chas Olson, Don Holmes, Howard Derp, Lowell Strain, Henry Rutkowski, Loel Bishop (7...

  • 42-107020

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 14/2/44; Grenier 7/3/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 11/3/44; transferred 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 12/3/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Edwin Wright, Co-pilot: Capt George Hughes, Navigator: Wray Hylton,...

  • 42-107029 Tail Wind

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 1/2/44; Kearney 7/2/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 3/3/44; 708BG; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Bob Johnson, Ken Nickerson, Rubin Poss, Cecil McGonigle, E.V. Lewelling, Tom Ashe, George Christoff, Bob Gilmore (8 Prisoner...

  • 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.

  • 42-31107 Lady Jane

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Harvard 5/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 29/11/43; Missing in Action Halbestadt 11/1/44 with Herschell Jarrell, Co-pilot: Lt Col Chas Bowman, Bombardier: Tom Tate, Radio Operator: John Smitherfound 14/8/44, Ball...

  • 42-31144 Miss America

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Harvard 6/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 21/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Hayden Hughes, Co-pilot: Howard Barr, Navigator: Bill Allen, Bombardier: Dick Johnson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:45:44 rossingtonj Changes to type and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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