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Beckwith crew; 447th bomb group, 709th squadron. Photo taken at Drew Field, Florida, undated. Standing, L-R: Charles A. Byers, jr., Louis Eugene Dupre, Orlo G. Bergstrom (?), Robert E. Miller, Albert A. Hajovsky; Kneeling, L-R: Lt. Robert S. Parker, Lt. Lamar R. Beckwith, Lt. Leonard F. Hall, Lt. Don W. Clark



  • 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...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron



  • 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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