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42-107072

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 12/2/44; Kearney 25/2/44; Grenier 4/4/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 12/3/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Capt Ken Johnson, Co-pilot: Bill Phelps, Navigator: Harman Chapman, Bombardier: Bob Bloom, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Hugh Brown, Radio Operator: Hamlin Cathey, Ball turret gunner: Frank Tracy, Waist gunner: John Gagliardi, Waist gunner: Tom Kissler,Tail gunner: Leon Addis (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KOd #2, crashed Lutzellinden, four miles SW of Geissen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4774.

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

  • Leonard Addis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-38164, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Bloom

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4238164. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Hugh Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Completed 22 missions. Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42107072. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft IV. Retired in June 1961 as Chief Master Sergeant. AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Bronze Star w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ POW

  • Hamlin Cathey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4238164. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harman Chapman

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Harmon Chapman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4238164. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Gagliardi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-38164. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Johnson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42107072. Prisoner of War (POW). The mission was #21. All crew survived and also all Prisoner of War (POW)s until the end. The AC was 'The Morningstar' POW Medal and Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Thomas Kissler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4238164. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • 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...

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 12 May 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4774 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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