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Byron A Schlag


Mid air collision with a 34th BG aircraft. Plane broke apart at the waist on 23 Mar 45 in 'Ol Scrapiron' #42-31582. Evaded.

Purple Heart


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...

  • 711th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31582 Ol' Scrapiron

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Paine Fd 28/11/43; Toledo 1/12/43; Felts Fd 4/12/43; Gt falls 5/12/43; Cheyenne 7/12/43; Kearney 19/12/43; Detroit 8/1/44; Montreal 10/1/44; Presque 12/1/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 23/1/44. ...


  • 8th Air Force 908

    23 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Pittsburg, Pennsylvania 14 November 1925
Buried Arlington National Cemetery 2003

Plot Sec: 69, Site: 1286

Died 17 November 2003


Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 20:54:09 jmoore43 Changes to awards

Added the award mentioned in the "Summary biography" section.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 20:34:09 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added a cemetery to the Burial event per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 49309418.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 19:56:06 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Completed A/C serial # in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:53 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ronald Schlag (son)

Unit History Roster, Enlisted Men, as of 01 August 1945/roll of honor