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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Harvard 4/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 19/11/43; Missing in Action Hamm 29/11/44 with ? , unknown crew except Waist gunner: Garrett Rozema. THE GROUND POUNDER.

The 447th BG did not fly a mission on 29 November 1944



  • 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...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron


  • Warren Callahan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Warran Callahan served as a co-pilot with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Paul Collins

    Military | Major | Bombardier, navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Diamond

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Thomas Diamond served as a top turret gunner in the Westrope crew with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England. ...

  • Oscar Flores

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Oscar Flores served as a waist gunner with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Raymond Gaswint

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down at Ohlum on 6/18/44 in B-17 #4337714 POW

  • Ralph Gilbert

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Willard Lawrence

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier, Pilot, Comptroller | 447th Bomb Group
    Willard Lawrence was born on Jul. 12, 1921 in Jamestown, North Dakota, USA. His career included thirty years active duty in the United States Air Force, serving in three wars (WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War) as a pilot and later as a comptroller, he...

  • James McColgan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Lt. James A. McColgan was the third of 9 siblings: Joseph, Mary, August, Andrew, John, Patrick, Patricia, and Timothy. Jimmy went to Mount Saint Josephs School then the City College of Baltimore, joining the Maryland National Guard in 1935 while in HS...

  • Otto Moreland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Lower Ball Turret Gunner/Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Mr. Moreland had been employed by the United States Postal Service office at Smithville as a rural letter carrier for many years until retiring in 1980. Prior to that, he had worked for Koch in North Kansas City, Mo.; Ford Aircraft, Claycomo, Mo.; and...

  • Harold Motz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Harold Motz served as a navigator with the 708th squadron, 447th Bomb Group, 3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force and was based at Rattlesden, England -- about 50 miles east of Cambridge. ...

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  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 20 September 1943
Assigned Rattlesden Airfield, UK 19 November 1943



Date Contributor Update
11 July 2020 02:04:50 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, markings, description, events and place associations

History of the 447th BG - Doyle Shields
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Date Contributor Update
03 February 2017 19:55:11 timothymotz Changes to unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

Timothy Motz; from a mission list kept by Harold Motz, compared with Doyle Shields, "History of the 447th Bomb Group"

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2016 15:49:16 JoeTate Changes to nicknames

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log