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Robert G Blanar




  • Emil Cohen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Informed that he was possibly the youngest pilot in the 8th Air Force, confirmed that he was the youngest Jewish pilot

  • William DeLange

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Donald Hollmann

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • George Szewczyk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    During April 4, 1945 over Kiel Germany the crews plane the Bit-O-Lace was shot up by flak over the target. Bombs had become lodged in the bomb bay and could not be released electrically or mechanically. The bombs needed to be dropped to safely return...

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Units served with

  • 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

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...

  • St Nicholas, Rattlesden

    Other location

  • Rattlesden Gliding Club

    Other location


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Date Contributor Update
07 January 2021 00:05:37 pamccolgan Changes to role, person associations, unit associations, place associations and media associations

Pictorial history of the 447 Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:27 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History Roster as of 01 August 1945