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42-31477

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 9/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; with Frank Umhoefer force landed base 16/12/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 3/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 27/4/44 with George Hofsess, n/b-Oscar Lezman, Radio Operator: Ray Kuusela, Waist gunner: Norman Kirby, Waist gunner: Harry McCaskill,Tail gunner: Jim Stamas (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Frank Chaimson[shot in his chute], Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dominic Lorusso[landed on power lines] (2 Killed in Action); ng-S/Sgt Jack Stead, Ball turret gunner: Ike Jackson (2 evaded capture); flak KOd some engines, some crew bailed, ship exploded crashed Nesle-Hodeng, four miles SE of Neufchatel-en-Bray, 37 miles SW of Amiens, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 4294.

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

  • Harry Caskill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Franklin Chaimson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4231477. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • George Hofsess

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4231477. Prisoner of War (POW). at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan Silesis Bavaria (Moved) to Nure Langwasser) from 27 Apr 1944 to 23 May 1945 POW

  • Oscar Iezman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Isaac Jackson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31477. Evaded.

  • Norman Kirby

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4231477. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Kuusela

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31477, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dominick Lorusso

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4231477. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Stamas

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Jack Stead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4231477. Spent 6 weeks with French Resistance. Crossed the Pyrenees into Spain on June 6,1944.

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 27 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4294 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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