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42-107021

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 31/1/44; Kearney 5/2/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG [IJ-L] Rattlesden 3/3/44; Missing in Action Augsburg 13/4/44 with Joe Thornbury, Co-pilot: Albt Cowey, Navigator: Dominick Padula, Bombardier: George Filush, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Smith, Radio Operator: George S. George, Ball turret gunner: Dante Rich, Waist gunner: Lloyd Roach, Waist gunner: Harry Kiehn,Tail gunner: Stan Saviski (10INT); flak KOd #2, bomb load salvoed, force landed Dubendorf Afd, Switz. Missing Air Crew Report 4297.

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

  • Albert Cowey

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42107021. Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • George Filush

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42107021. Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • George George

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Harold Kiehn

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42107021. Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Robert Kropp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Robert John Kropp was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 18 Nov 1915. As a child, he worked as a newsboy. He graduated high school and college and worked for a long time as treasurer at McGillis and Gibbs, a company that sold telephone poles. Robert...

  • Dominick Padula

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107021. Landed in Switzerland. Interned (INT).

  • Dante Rich

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42107021. Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Lloyd Roach

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42107021. Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Stanley Saviski

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42107021. Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Harry Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107021. Landed in Switzerland, Interned (INT).

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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...

  • Dubendorf

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 13 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4297 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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