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42-31186

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/9/43; Harvard 13/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 21/11/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 28/2/44 with Chas Harris, Co-pilot: Roy Dutton, Navigator: Alf Kleinrath, Bombardier: Oliver Griffith, Radio Operator: Manas Manasian, Ball turret gunner: Harry Hand, Waist gunner: Walt Larson, Waist gunner: Larry Shiveley,Tail gunner: Harry Fenton (9 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Towle (EVD-ret UK by 9/9/44); severe flak damage, crashed between Hericourt & Blangerval-Blangemont, five miles SW of St Pol, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 2889.

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

  • Roy Dutton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed SW of St Pol, FR on a mission to V-sites in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31186. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Fenton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed SW of St Pol, FR on a mission to V-sites in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31186. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Oliver Griffith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed SW of St Pol, FR on a mission to V-sites in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31186. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Hand

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed SW of St Pol, FR on a mission to V-sites in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31186. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Harris

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed SW of St Pol, FR on a mission to V-sites in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31186. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alfred Kleinrath

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed SW of St Pol, FR on a mission to V-sites in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31186. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Larson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed SW of St Pol, FR on a mission to V-sites in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31186. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Manas Manasian

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed SW of St Pol, FR on a mission to V-sites in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31186. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Shiveley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed SW of St Pol, FR on a mission to V-sites in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31186. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Towle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed SW of St Pol, FR on a mission to V-sites in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31186. Evaded. Hidden by family in Hericourt, France. Returned to England before 9 Sep 1944.

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) Over Water (OW) English Channel 28 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2889 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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