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William B Rudisill


Hi Jinx went down in Wissoux, France, and there is a monument there since crew chose to crash in a field and avoid destroying the church; Lt. Reed was the pilot We got up 2 to 3 hrs before take-off time to pre-flight the airmplane etc. Armarment, ordinence, radio people also checked out the plane. sometimes had to top off the gas tanks after preflight if it was a long mission. Sweat theplane out for 5 to 8 hours, guide theplane back to its position on the hardstand. Greet the crew! Then work 2 or 3 hours to 24 or 36 hours for the next 'max effort mission - rain- slnow or shine - But it Was Exciting!14043830

In Memoriam

'In memory of all those men of the 447th Bomb Group Stationed at Rattlesden England who did not make it and to all those who did make it from September 1943 to July 1945'
Master Sergeant William B Rundisill.


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...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38884 Lil Skippy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/10/44; Hunter 7/11/44; Grenier 12/11/44; Assigned ? ; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 9/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/11/45.


Event Location Date
Born Clover, South Carolina 20 March 1921


Date Contributor Update
25 November 2014 15:55:18 Emily Changes to memoriam

Self, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:44 AAM AAM ingest

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