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Norman Ratliff

Military

Successfully returned badly shot up plane A/C #42-97082 on June 25, 1944. Then June 27, 1944, with 2 engines out and airframe cracking on the 'Mission Mistress' excess equipment was jettisoned by the crew to attempt to land in one of the newly built emergency strips in France. Pilot Raymond Graves first attempted to land at a US fighter strip in Normandy but on approach was alerted to enemy artillery fire at the airstrip. Crew spotted a Canadian airfield and successfully landed there. The crew was shuttled to Caen and transported by LST and surface transport to Rougham.

Service

Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-97082 Mission Mistress

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/1/44; Gr Island 20/2/44; Presque is 12/3/44; Assigned 333BS/94BG Rougham 16/3/44; 410BS; crashed on take off for Kaiserlauten 6/1/45 with Jack Collins, Navigator: Gordon Henry, tog-Clinton Hallman, Flight engineer/top turret...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2021 21:22:17 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology and the Supplement, Lingering Contrails of the Big Square A by Slater p. 198 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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