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William D Ready


In 1941 he was a flight instructor for the cadets stationed at Randolph Field in San Antonio. At the 96th he started out as an instructor, meteorologist and navigator. (He had been a violinist for the Kansas City Philharmonic and orchestra lead. He later served with the 447th Bomb Group.


Units served with

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
09 January 2021 01:28:27 pamccolgan Changes to unit associations and place associations

447 Group History

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2021 01:27:20 pamccolgan Changes to role

N. (n.d.). 447 Bomber Group Loading Lists. Retrieved 2021, from

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 19:45:04 timothymotz Changes to highest rank, biography and unit associations

Timothy Motz

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:52 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Snetterton Falcons, pg 277, 307