Skip to main content
Edit entry 


B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/2/44; Kearney 16/3/44; Dow Fd 5/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 11/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 20/12/45.



  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb 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...

  • 711th Bomb Squadron


  • Edward Blattner

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    June 1, 1922: Edward Aloysius Blattner (Nickname: "Buddy") was born in Chicago Illinois ...

  • Charles Bruckman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Damaged 34th BG aircraft (#43-38971) mid-air collision with Ol' Scrapiron (#42-31582). Ol' Scrapiron broke apart at the waist on 23 Mar 1945. Seven crewmen of Ol' Scrapiron killed in Action (KIA) including Bruckman. Two survived (Schlag and Shibble).

  • Fred Gunn

    Military | Captain | 447th Bomb Group

  • Robert Thompson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group


  • 849

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

  • 896

    19 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 901

    21 March 1945


  • 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...


Not yet known


Date Contributor Update
03 September 2018 22:27:51 jhuck Changes to mission associations

From the personal files of John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2017 00:56:51 RHT447 Changes to manufacturer and markings

Info from here:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:12 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log