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42-102651

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Grenier 30/4/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 3/5/44; Missing in Action Munich 11/7/44 with Herb Altman, Co-pilot: Leebert McFarland, Navigator: Frank Hocking, Bombardier: Jim Davidson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rex Jones, Radio Operator: Bill Simington, Ball turret gunner: John Dow, Waist gunner: Malcolm Chapman, Waist gunner: Chas Aldridge, Tail gunner: Clarry Jost (10 INT); flak KO’d #3, prop feathered force landed Dubendorf, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 6937. Returned to the USA 1377 BU Grenier 24/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 21/12/45. PICCADILLY ANN 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...

  • 710th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Aldridge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/11/44 in B-17 'Piccadilly Ann II' 42-102651

  • Herbert Altman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/11/44 in B-17 'Piccadilly Ann II #41102651

  • Malcolm Chapman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/11/44 in B-17 'Piccadilly Ann II' #42102651

  • James Davidson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/11/44 in B-17 'Piccadilly Ann II #411026

  • John Dow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/11/44 in B-17 'Piccadilly Ann II' #42102651

  • Frank Hocking

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/11/44 in B-17 Piccadilly Ann II

  • Rex Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/11/44 in 'Piccadilly Ann II' B-17 #42102651

  • Clarence Jost

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/11/44 in B-17 'Piccadilly Ann II' #42102651

  • Leebert McFarland

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group

  • William Simington

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/11/44 in B-17 'Piccadilly Ann II' #42102651

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) France 11 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 23:00:09 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”. Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6937 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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