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42-102479

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ- ] Rattlesden 8/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Edgar Farrell, Co-pilot: John Benedict, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Peters, Radio Operator: Norman Bussel, Waist gunner: Merle Rumbaugh, Waist gunner: Wade Fulton (6 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Sherwood Landis, Bombardier: Wynne Longeteig, Ball turret gunner: Joe Guida, Tail gunner: Vasilios Mpouries (4 Killed in Action); flak hits followed by enemy aircraft, crashed Eickendorf, 15 miles SW of Gardelegen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4255.

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...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Benedict

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102479, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norman Bussel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102479, Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Edgar Farrell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102479, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Waide Fulton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102479, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Guida

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102479, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Sherwood Landis

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102479, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Wynne Longeteig

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102479, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Vasilios Mpourles

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102479, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Peters

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102479, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Merle Rumbaugh

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102479, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 29 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2022 18:01:35 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2021 14:39:25 Jeff Uyak Changes to nicknames
Sources

Norman Bussel's autobiographical account of his WWII experiences covers in depth his training and battle experiences, in particular being shot down and being held prisoner through the remainder of the war in his book "My Private War". I was honoured to meet him and several other 8AF/447BG veterans at a reunion and ask him to sign my copy of his book. In the book, he mentions "Mississippi Lady" many times.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4255 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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