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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG [IR-Q] Rattlesden 3/5/44; instrument test flight to Gt Ashfield 1/8/44 with Louis Phillips, Co-pilot: Rich Hill, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Jamieson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Kilian, pass-Pfc Baltazar Bayna (5 Returned to Duty); severe weather diverted flight to force landed Sudbury, Sfk skidding on its belly, severely damaged, never flew again; Salvaged 2/8/44.




  • Fred Gunn

    Military | Captain | 447th Bomb Group


  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

  • 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 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log