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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/10/44; Hunter 7/11/44; Grenier 12/11/44; Assigned ? ; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 9/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/11/45.



  • 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...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron
  • 842nd Air Engineering Squadron


  • Albert Hahn

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ground Crew | 447th Bomb Group

  • Rex Katz

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Crew Chief | 447th Bomb Group

  • Frank Mazzio

    Military | 447th Bomb Group

  • Harold Moran

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radioman, Waist gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    My dad, Harold Moran, Sr. tried to enlist right out of high school in 1942, but because he was missing his lower molars they wouldn't accept him. He told the medical personnel, "I don't plan on biting the enemy, I plan on shooting them." He still wasn...

  • William Rudisill

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 447th Bomb Group
    Hi Jinx went down in Wissoux, France, and there is a monument there since crew chose to crash in a field and avoid destroying the church; Lt. Reed was the pilot We got up 2 to 3 hrs before take-off time to pre-flight the airmplane etc. Armarment,...


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
04 May 2021 14:44:29 pamccolgan Changes to unit associations, person associations and place associations

Smith, D. (2006). Pictorial Tribute to the Men and Aircraft of the 447th Bombardment Group (H) 1943-1945 (1st ed.). Bishops Stortford, UK: East Anglia Books.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 16:05:47 hmoran4 Changes to nicknames

Hal Moran

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 16:01:58 hmoran4 Changes to nicknames

Howard Rippberger was the captain. My dad, Harold Moran, was radioman and waist gunner.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:33 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log