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42-97624

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 10/1/44; Gr Island 23/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 22/2/44; transferred 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 23/2/44; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 9/2/45 with Tom DeDiemar, John James, John Augustine, John Murray, Lyman Parker, Bob Hampton, Lester Halderman, Dick Glynn, Joe Roldan (9 Prisoner of War); mech fault, crashed Ohrdruf, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 12241. DEVIL'S MATE II.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Augustine

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Ohrdruff on 9 Feb 45 in B-17 'Devils Mate II' #42-97624, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Thomas DeDiemar

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Ohrdruff on 9 Feb 45 in B-17 'Devils Mate II' #42-97624, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Richard Glynn

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Ohrdruff on 9 FEb 45 in B-17 'Devils Mate II' #42-97624, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lester Halderman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Ohrdruff on 9 Feb 45 in B-17 'Devils Mate II' #42-97624, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Hampton

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Ohrdruff on 9 Feb 45 in B-17 'Devils Mate II' #42-97624, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John James

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Ohrdruff in B-17 'Devils Mate II' #42-97624 on 9 Feb 45, Prisoner of War (POW),

  • John Murray

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Ohrdruff on 9 Feb 45 in B-17 'Devils Mate II' #42-97624, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lyman Parker

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Ohrdruff on 9 Feb 45 in B-17 'Devils Mate II' #42-97624, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Joseph Roldan

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Ohrdruff on 9 Feb 45 in B-17 'Devils Mate II' #42-97624, Prisoner of War (POW).

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 9 February 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2020 20:31:38 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Corrected the spelling of the surname of Halderman and Roldan to match the spelling in the WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2020 19:23:50 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12241 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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