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Gunn Crew, 447th Bomb Group, 711 Squadron.
Standling L-R: Louis Fugazi, Robert Frier, Paul Wingeier, Rober Lane, Raymond Scott
Kneeling L-R: Fred Gunn, David Bowen, Robert A. Bassham (navigator), Robert M. Goldsmith (bombardier)
Crew was assigned with the 222nd Combat Crew training, Ardmore Oklahoma, and assigned to the 447th the 27th or May, 1944



  • 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...

  • 711th Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Bassham

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Army serial no. 0708241. Flew 35 combat missions, 15 as lead navigator, in the European theater of operations. Then served 9 months as medical training instructor for returning navigators at Ellington Field in Texas. Date of entry into active service:...

  • Robert Frier

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner

  • Louie Fugazi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Gera in B-17 #4297634

  • Robert Goldsmith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Completed 35 missions in 85 days.

  • Fred Gunn

    Military | Captain

  • Robert Lane

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    31 missions, all memorable. Participated in the 2000 plane bombing of Berlin on 21 June 44. The largest to date. The delivery of guns and ammo to the Marquis on 25 June and again 9 Sep 44 DFC, AM w/3Oak Leaf Cluster

  • James Major


  • Raymond Scott


  • Paul Wingeier

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner
    Paul Weingeier was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and grew up in Los Angelas. Sgt Weingeier (1924-1988) was a Waist Gunner on the Gunn crew in the 447th, 711 BS. He also served in Korea and Vietnam, before retiring from the Army. He is buried in...


  • 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...

  • St Nicholas, Rattlesden

    Other location


Date Contributor Update
23 April 2022 01:20:46 Greg123 Changes to caption

Personal knowledge. Robert Bassham was my father.

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2020 16:29:06 pamccolgan Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

222nd Combat Crew Training, Ardmore Oklahoma