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711th 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

  • 849

    26 February 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 872

    8 March 1945
    Mission 872: 1,353 bombers and 326 fighters are dispatched to hit benzol plants, an oil plant and rail targets in Germany using PFF; NO AIRCRAFT ARE LOST AND THERE ARE NO CASUALTIES! ...

  • 875

    9 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 881

    11 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 886

    14 March 1945
    "1,250 Heavies Strike Tanks, Gun Factories Near Hanover" ...

  • 896

    19 March 1945

  • 898

    20 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 8th Air Force 901

    21 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 908

    23 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

Stations

Station Location Date
Based Rattlesden

Connections

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...

  • Jerome Abrams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4231125. Prisoner of War (POW). PH/ POW

  • Louis Achuff

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

  • Wayne Akers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Quakenbruck, GR for unknown reasons on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31096. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wilbur Allen

    Military | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Gera in B-17 #4297634

  • Wilbur Allen

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group

  • James Anderson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Lost three engines on the return from a mission to Berlin that was recalled and crash landed near Friston, Sussex on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31155. RTD. Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-17 #4237842. Prisoner of War (POW). Completed 17 missions. POW

  • Ronald Asbill

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group

  • John Baker

    Military | First Lieutenant | 447th Bomb Group
    35 missions

  • William Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-17 #4237842. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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},...

  • 42-102441

    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...

  • 42-102638

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 20/4/44; Missing in Action Osnabruck 13/5/44 with Ray McClintock, Navigator: Stan Gillman, Bombardier: Walt Trotter, Radio Operator: Ben Little, Ball turret...

  • 42-107060

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 9/2/44; Hunter 17/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 7/3/44; crash landed non op flight 3/12/44; Salvaged.

  • 42-31092 Butch II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/43; Gr Island 3/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 19/11/43; transferred 708BS/447BG [CQ- ] Rattlesden /43; Salvaged 20/4/45. BUTCH II.

  • 42-31096 Squirmin Squaw

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Harvard 4/10/43; Assigned 94BG Rougham 29/11/43; transferred 711BS/447BG Rattlesden /44; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with John Jellison, Co-pilot: Billy Collins, Navigator: Don Clausen, Bombardier: Ed Bracken, Flight...

  • 42-31115 Hells Belles

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/9/43; Gr Island 6/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 25/10/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Jim Feeneynot found till 25/2/44, Radio Operator: Norman Kajut, Waist gunner: Marion Forbis,Tail gunner: Lou LeFevre (4...

  • 42-31124 Rough House, Lady Lilian

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 23/9/43; Harvard 11/10/43; Assigned 711BS/447BG [IR-N] Rattlesden 19/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Bill Davidson, Co-pilot: Clarry Fishburn, Navigator: John Coulson, Bombardier: Alan Brady, Radio Operator: Chas Buran,...

  • 42-31125

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 23/9/43; Harvard 10/10/43; Assigned 711BS/447BG [IR-J] Rattlesden 19/11/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 31/12/43 with Milton Moore, Navigator: Jerome Abrams, Bombardier: Dave Botello, Radio Operator: John Reagan, Ball turret gunner: Dan...

  • 42-31155

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Harvard 6/10/43; Assigned 711BS/447BG [IR-F] Rattlesden 18/11/43; returning from Berlin 4/3/44, with Jim Anderson, Co-pilot: Larry Koenig, Navigator: George Shroeder, Bombardier: Theo Bush, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

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Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2018 02:15:33 jhuck Changes to person associations
Sources

John G Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields, p. 269

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:47:23 rossingtonj Changes to type
Sources

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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