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42-31157

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Gr Island 14/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 23/11/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 13/2/44 with Don McDonald, Co-pilot: Norman Masett, Navigator: Orlando Hamlin, Bombardier: Tom Ellison, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry LePage, Radio Operator: Rich Plouck, Ball turret gunner: John Hagan, Waist gunner: Jim Pitts, Waist gunner: Ed Patterson,Tail gunner: Henry Abelmann (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Fraincourt-St-Quentin, 17 miles W of Abbeville, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 2533. RED ASS, possibly (DONKEY).

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

  • Henry Abelmann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville, FR after crew bailed out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Ellison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Hagan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Orlando Hamlin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence LePage

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald MacDonald

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norman Massett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    On his 6th mission and serving as Co-Pilot, Norman Massett was on board B-17G #42-31157 when it was shot down by Flak on 13 February 1944 and crashed near Abbeville,France after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville. Prisoner of War ...

  • Edward Patterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Member of original crew of B-17G 'Scheherezade. ' Flew 7 combat missions and when she was damaged by flak on 7th mission, flew 8th mission on substitute B-17 ('Red Ass'). Shot down by flak near coast of occupied France. Whole crew bailed out and were...

  • James Pitts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Plouck

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 13 February 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2533 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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