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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Topeka 14/10/44; Lincoln 20/10/44; Grenier 7/11/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 10/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/12/45.



  • 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...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Headquarters (447th Bomb Group)


  • Alvin Mayhew

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Pilot during the Second World War, but also served in Vietnam, and Korea. After leaving the Air Force he became an engineer for a subsidiary of Boeing.

  • John Ruppert

    Military | Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    John had entered the Aviation Cadet programme in July 1943 but due to a surplus of pilots opted to train as a gunner. He joined the group at Rattlesden where he flew on 13 missions; on the last they made a forced landing on an old Luftwaffe airfield in...


  • 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
28 September 2020 02:47:58 pamccolgan Changes to nicknames, markings, unit associations and media associations

From 447th Pictorial history

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:34 AAM AAM ingest

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