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43-37869

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 31/5/44; Kearney 9/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 29/6/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 25/11/44 with Harry Blair, John Bante, Valentine Williams, Leo Wolfe, Jack Peterson, Ed Todd (6 Prisoner of War); Chas Voyles, Ken Perry, Art Litchfield (3 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Plauen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10756. BLONDE BOMBER.

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...

  • 710th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Bante

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #43-37869 'Blond Bomber'. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft One near Barth. Mission to Merceberg. POW

  • Harry Blair

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #43-37869 'Blond Bomber'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | 447th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Litchfield

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #43-37869 'Blond Bomber'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Milan Maroney

    Military | Master Sergeant (1st Grade) | Flight Chief for "Blond Bomber"-710 Bomb Squadron | 447th Bomb Group
    Sgt Maroney was born in Nebraska, and died in 1985 in California. Crew Chief for the "Blond Bomber", He named and painted both Blond Bomber 710 B-17's, naming it after his Wife Lucille Williams

  • Kenneth Perry

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #43-37869 'Blond Bomber'. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Jack Peterson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #43-37869 'Blond Bomber'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Todd

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #43-37869 'Blond Bomber'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Voyles

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #43-37869 'Blonde Bomber'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Valentine Williams

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #43-37869 'Blond Bomber'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Places

  • 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 25 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2020 02:54:58 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10353 / MACR 10756 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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