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John J. Ruppert, 447th Bomb Group



  • 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...


  • John Ruppert

    Military | Gunner
    John had entered the Aviation Cadet programme in July 1943 but due to a surplus of pilots opted to train as a gunner. He joined the group at Rattlesden where he flew on 13 missions; on the last they made a forced landing on an old Luftwaffe airfield in...


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27 April 2018 14:11:07 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.