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Pilot Ripley Gage. Back of photo is captioned "Rip Gage. A darn good pilot always knows what he is doing."



  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb 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


  • Robert Calef

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    1st Lt. Robert C. Calef Jr serial number O-821216 was killed in action near Bremerhaven, Germany, September 26, 1944. ...

  • George Dvorak

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot
    Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, on 9/26/44 in B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818, Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Donald Fehrenbach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down near Bremerhaven in B-17 'Hurry Home' #43-37818, September 26, 1944, Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Ripley Gage

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Ripley Worthington Gage was the first pilot of the B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818. He completed his 35th and final mission with the Hurry Home on the mission prior to it being shot down over Bremerhaven, Germany, September 26, 1944. ...

  • John Karbowsky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, in B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818. ...

  • Paul Krubel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, in B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818, Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Frank Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, in B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818, Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Galen Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    TSgt. Galen E. Miller Jr was killed in action September 26, 1944. He was a crew member of the B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818. ...

  • Roman Pajakowski

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    MACR (Missing Air Crew Report) 9401 reports that on September 26, 1944, at 1610 hours, the "Hurry Home" took a direct flak hit in the right wing just after bombs away. ...

  • Wayne Thompson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, in B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818 during mission 648, the bombing of Bremerhaven, Killed in Action (KIA). ...


  • 43-37818 Hurry Home

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/44; Hunter 5/6/44; Dow Fd 17/6/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG [IE-J] Rattlesden 28/6/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen (1st mission) 26/9/44 with Pilot 1st Lt. Robert C. Calef, Bombardier: 1st Lt. Donald N. Fehrenbach, Flight...


  • 648

    26 September 1944


  • 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...


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15 October 2017 06:12:50 Paul5 Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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