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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.

Connections

Units

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 710th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Eldon Henningsen

    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...

  • William Holloman

    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...

  • John Kates

    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

  • Harry Long

    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

  • Otis Lumpkin

    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

  • Lee Plant

    Military

  • Jerome Rothstein

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Doyle Shields

    Military | Lead navigator
    Doyle Shields ...

Aircraft

  • 43-38731 Blythe Spirit

    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...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2020 21:00:33 timothymotz Changes to collection
Sources

from Pictorial History of the 447th Bombardment Group (H) https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/41056

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 22:54:29 timothymotz Changes to caption
Sources

Timothy Motz

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 22:43:06 timothymotz Changes to caption and aircraft associations
Sources

Timothy Motz

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 22:39:21 timothymotz Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Timothy Motz, from Pictorial History of the 447th Bombardment Group (H) https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/41056; identifications from 447bg.com

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