Delivered Tulsa 1/2/44; Kearney 7/2/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 3/3/44; 708BG; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Bob Johnson, Ken Nickerson, Rubin Poss, Cecil McGonigle, E. V. Lewelling, Tom Ashe, George Christoff, Bob Gilmore (8 Prisoner of War); Joe Esper (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Gross Himmlage, Ger; 1 KIA 8 POW; Missing Air Crew Report 10313. TAILWIND.
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...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
He was a hero and my Dad. He had 4 daughters with his wife, Mildred Ashe. He served his country in 2 tours of duty. He was taken prisoner after being shot down on his last mission on 11-2-44 and was held until the forced Death March in February of...
Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
Crashed near Gross Himmlage in B-17 'Tail Wind' 42-107029, Killed in Action.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
Crashed near Hross Himmlage on 11/2/44 in B-17 'Tail Wind' 42-107029, Prisoner of War (POW).
Survived the war and went on to serve in Korea and Vietnam. Fathered 4 children. 3 boys and 1 girl (my mother).
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
Crashed on 11/2/44 near Gross Himmlage in B-17 'Tail Wind' #42-107029, Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
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...
|Failed to Return (FTR)
||2 November 1944