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A bomber crew of the 447th Bomb Group.

Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Front L-R: Fitzgerald-Navigator, Stevens-Co-Pilot, Ken Johnson Pilot
Back L-R: Basitte-Waist Gunner, Kowalski-Flight Engineer, Robert Stevens-Tail Gunner, James Stump-Radio Operator, Albert Smiley-Ball Turret, Harry Melcher-Bomb Armourer. November-1944, 447 Bomb Group, 710 Squadron, Rattlesden, England.



  • 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...

  • 710th 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...


Date Contributor Update
13 November 2014 14:11:56 Memory Book Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Image courtesy of Harry H Melcher