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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 31/1/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 7/3/44; 710BS; crash landed base with Harry Jennings 29/1/45; Salvaged 1/2/45.



  • 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...

  • 710th Bomb Squadron
  • 711th Bomb Squadron


  • James Forde

    Military | Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic | 447th Bomb Group

  • William Grose

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | ball turret gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • 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...

  • Leonard Van Over

    Military | Master Sergeant (1st Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner, Togglier | 447th Bomb Group
    Leonard H. Van Over (Oct 29, 1917, Kansas City, Jackson County, MO – Mar 14, 2003, Bridgeport, Wise County, TX) flew (no fewer than) 29 missions as a Ball Turret Gunner and Togglier on a B-17 assigned to the 447th Bombardment Group, 710th Bombardment...


  • 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
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log