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42-31128

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 23/9/43; Harvard 8/10/43; Assigned 94BG Rougham 19/11/43; transferred 709BS/447BG Rattlesden /44; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 20/7/44 with Gustavus Millere, Co-pilot: Don Erwin, Navigator: Dick O’Donnell, Ball turret gunner: John Scott, Waist gunner: Joel Wilson,Tail gunner: Reo Scott (6 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Lew Martner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Witek, Radio Operator: Roger Potwin (3 Killed in Action); flak set two engines alight, crashed Teutleben, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1769 (?7547).

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...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Erwin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Teutleben on 7/20/44 in B-17 #42-31128, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lewis Martner

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group

  • Gustavus Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War. Shot down by flak and crashed at Teutleben on 7/20/44 in B-17 42-31128.

  • Richard O'Donnell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Teutleben on 7/20/44 in B-17 #42-31128, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roger Potwin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed in B-17 # 42-31128 near Teutleben

  • John Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Teutleben on 7/20/44 in B-17 #4231128

  • Reo Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Teutleben on 7/20/44 in B-17 #4231128 ...

  • Joel Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Teutleben on 7/20/44 in B-17 #4231128 POW

  • Frank Witek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • 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 20 July 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7547 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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