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709th Bomb Squadron

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  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

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    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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Stations

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Based Rattlesden

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People

  • Henry Abelmann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Peter Ackerman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Flew on the 'Barbara Jean'

  • Douglas Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner; Engineer | 447th Bomb Group
    September 1944 to February 1945 5 Air Medals/ ETO Ribbon w/ 3 Battle Stars/ Presidential Unit Citation

  • Clyde Allen

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-3110829 'Devil's Mate' crashed on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ken Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched at sea on the return from a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31210. All the crew was rescued. RTD.

  • John Augustine

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Ohrdruff on 9 Feb 45 in B-17 'Devils Mate II' #4297624

  • J Bailey

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched at sea on the return from a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31210. All the crew was rescued. RTD.

  • Norman Bashant

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched at sea on the return from a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31210. All the crew was rescued. RTD.

  • Lamar Beckwith

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Tour of missions over Germany

  • Walter Beecroft

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

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Aircraft

  • 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...

  • 42-107067

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/2/44; Gr Island 20/2/44; Grenier 6/3/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 24/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 11/4/44 with Joe Jurnecka, Co-pilot: Howard McHenry, Navigator: John Heinzelman, Bombardier: John White, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-107215 L'il Eight Ball

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 4/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 25/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Recl Comp 7/6/46. L'IL EIGHT BALL. 124 missions.

  • 42-31128

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 23/9/43; Harvard 8/10/43; Assigned 94BG Rougham 19/11/43; transferred 709BS/447BG Rattlesden /44; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 20/7/44 with Gustavus Millere, Co-pilot: Don Erwin, Navigator: Dick O’Donnell, Ball turret gunner: John...

  • 42-31157

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Gr Island 14/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 23/11/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 13/2/44 with Don McDonald, Co-pilot: Norman Masett, Navigator: Orlando Hamlin, Bombardier: Tom Ellison, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31186

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/9/43; Harvard 13/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 21/11/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 28/2/44 with Chas Harris, Co-pilot: Roy Dutton, Navigator: Alf Kleinrath, Bombardier: Oliver Griffith, Radio Operator: Manas...

  • 42-31188 Dead Man's Hand

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/9/43; Harvard 16/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 21/11/43; Missing in Action Pirna (111m)19/4/45 with Bob Glazener, Ray Fortier, Ernie Purcifull, Seb Bucceri, Hobart Jarvis, Theo Ciernier, no wg ?, Jim Burton (7 Prisoner of...

  • 42-31225 SCHEHERAZADE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Harvard 15/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 21/11/43; 126m, Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 4/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 42-31477

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 9/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; with Frank Umhoefer force landed base 16/12/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 3/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 27/4/44 with George Hofsess, n/b-Oscar Lezman,...

  • 42-31519 Wolf Pack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Boise 24/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Chicago 8/1/44; Romulus 9/1/44; Presque Is 11/1/44; ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2017 00:55:37 JP Zanoya Changes to media associations
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Image from Eight Air Force Historical Society of PA

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:45:37 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Type added.

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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