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42-31160

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/9/43; Harvard 10/10/43; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 25/11/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 13/2/44 with Ed Kaffun, Co-pilot: Cliff Coultas, Navigator: John Brown, Bombardier: Jim Tyson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Prasch, Radio Operator: Gene Schmitt, Ball turret gunner: Jack Miley, Waist gunner: John Linkus, Waist gunner: Bob Lutes (9 Killed in Action);Tail gunner: Ken McIntyre (Prisoner of War); flak burst brokle coff tail, crashed Rambures, 17 miles NW of Poix, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 2532.

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

  • John Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Poix, FR on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31160. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clifford Coultas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Poix, FR on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31160. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Kaffun

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Poix, FR on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31160. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • 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...

  • John Linkus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Poix, FR on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31160. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Lutes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Poix, FR on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31160. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenneth McIntyre

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Poix, France on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31160. McIntyre was the only member of his crew who survived the incident and was eventually taken Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Jack Miley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Poix, FR on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31160. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Prasch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Poix, FR on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31160. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Schmitt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Poix, France on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31160. Killed in Action (KIA). His name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Ardennes American Cemetery. ...

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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 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 2532 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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