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Norman Francis Massett

Military

On his 6th mission and serving as Co-Pilot, Norman Massett was on board B-17G #42-31157 when it was shot down by Flak on 13 February 1944 and crashed near Abbeville,France after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2533.

Service

People

  • Henry Abelmann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville, FR after crew bailed out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Ellison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Hagan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Orlando Hamlin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence LePage

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald MacDonald

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Patterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Member of original crew of B-17G 'Scheherezade. ' Flew 7 combat missions and when she was damaged by flak on 7th mission, flew 8th mission on substitute B-17 ('Red Ass'). Shot down by flak near coast of occupied France. Whole crew bailed out and were...

  • James Pitts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Plouck

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville,FR after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31157

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Gr Island 14/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 23/11/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 13/2/44 with Don McDonald, Co-pilot: Norman Masett, Navigator: Orlando Hamlin, Bombardier: Tom Ellison, Flight engineer/top turret...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 12 March 1921

New Jersey

Enlisted 13 March 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps at Newark, New Jersey

Bailed out 13 February 1944

of B-17 42-31157, over France

Prisoner of War (POW) 13 February 1944 – May 1945

Interned in Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany. NARA WWII POW records : "Returned to Military Control 25 May 1945."

Buried 1969

Norman Massett rests at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Concord, Contra Costa County, California

Died 6 January 1969

Antioch, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2018 16:15:31 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Info from son Leigh Massett (2003)
MACR 2533
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2533, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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