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Robert Orlosky (center) with other ground grew in front of Milk Wagon. From the number of mission marks, the photo was taken near the end of the war in Europe.



  • 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...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Orlosky

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Crew Chief
    Sgt. Orlosky was crew chief for "Milk Wagon" (43-37756), a B-17 with the 708th squadron, 447th Bomb Group. Milk Wagon completed 129 missions and had the highest number of consecutive missions without an abort for mechanical reason in the 3rd Air...


  • 43-37756 Milk Wagon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/44; Kearney 27/5/44; Dow Fd 8/6/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 9/6/44; completed 129 missions with no abort; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...


  • 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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11 January 2020 02:05:04 timothymotz Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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