Henningsen Crew; 447th Bomb Group, 710th Squadron; photo taken at Rattlesden, England. Standing, L-R: Doyle Shields, Robert Manuel (?), Eldon Henningsen, Jerry Rothstein, Eugene Wulfe (?),; Kneeling, L-R: William HOlloman, Harry Long, Lee Plant, Otis Lumpkin, John Kates. Although the crew is posed in front of 43-38731 (Blythe Spirit), that aircraft was assigned to the 711th squadron and is probably just a convenient backdrop.
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...
Military | Captain | Pilot
On 8/25/44 'Big Shorty' a B-17G was shot down. Captain Eldon Henningsen was the pilot. They were shot down while attacking Peenemünde during WWII. They lost three engines to 88 flak. With Capt. Henningsen quick thinking he nosed dived to put the fires...
Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
8/25/44 plane 'Big Shorty' shot down. Pilot nursed it back to 30mi from Holland where they went down in North Sea. All crew was rescued by RAF Shot down first two missions, Aug. 16, 1944 (lost two engines), Aug 25, 1944 (lost three engines) 2nd shoot...
Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
One 8/25/44 plane 'Big Shorty' was shot down and made it back to 30mi from Holland where it ditched in North Sea. All crew rescued by RAF
Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
8/25/44 plane 'Big Shorty' shot down. Pilot made it back to 30mi from Holland and ditched in North Sea. All crew rescued by RAF
Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer
One 8/25/44 plane 'Big Shorty' was shot down . Pilot nursed it back to 30 mi from Holland where they ditched in North Sea. All crew was rescued by RAF
Military | First Lieutenant
Military | Lead navigator
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Lincoln 13/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 1/10/44; Missing in Action Oranienburg 15/3/45 with Harluf Jessen, Harry Pfautz, Karl Laubhan, Dick Kirkorowski, Helmer Gangestad, Claude Gatlin, Ed Evans tg, Cecil Campbell...
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...