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John J. Ruppert and his crew at 447th BG, Rattlesden, England. John, Aerial Gunner, is back row, center.
Other Crew Members are Lonnie Roberts (p) William Overstreet (cp) Thomas Jones (n) Wendell Watson (b) Frank Waltman (ttg) Thomas Jackson (r) George La Follette (btg) Harry Craddock (wg).



  • 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...



  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
24 April 2021 12:43:49 RayWells Changes to caption

Names from John Ruppert`s son Jeff

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2018 14:11:06 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations

"Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.