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William J DeLange

Military

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People

  • Robert Blanar

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group

  • 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

  • George Fry

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Donald Hollmann

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Theodore Kreklow

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Mac Roberts

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 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

    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

  • 43-37667 Barbara Jane

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 20/6/44; training mission 6/4/45 with Winston Johnson, Ray Parks, Walt Vukelic, Bob Woodbeck, Bob Schnug (5WIA), rest ?, crashed four miles W of Meltham Moor...

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

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2021 23:55:16 pamccolgan Changes to highest rank, role, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Pictorial history of the 447 Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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