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William L Kalman

Military

Shot down 4 February 1944 in B-17 42-5909. Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Service

People

  • Dale Hale

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-38164, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Hoffman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 813BS, 447BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17F 42-5909. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3361 / 2511.

  • Wayne Larson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4238164. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fred Lehman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4238164. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Pruyn

    Military | 447th Bomb Group

  • Howard Quain

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-38164, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lloyd Sheppard

    Military | Major | Command Pilot; Squadron Commander, Pilot, Mission | 447th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-5909. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jack Stead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4231477. Spent 6 weeks with French Resistance. Crossed the Pyrenees into Spain on June 6,1944.

  • Harold Wood

    Military | Major | 447th Bomb Group

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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

  • 42-5909 Mary Jane

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 3/6/43; Assigned 813BS/482BG with H2S radar scanner, [PC-N] Alconbury 26/6/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Com. P-Major Lloyd Sheppard (447BG), c-Capt Lyman Collins, Co-pilot: Jerome...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Rattlesden Memorial

    Other location

  • St Nicholas, Rattlesden

    Other location

  • Rattlesden Gliding Club

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born LaCrescenta, California
Based Rattlesden January 1944
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 4 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2021 23:32:52 pamccolgan Changes to role, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

447th Bomb group History

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 10:45:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Correction to biography aircraft association.

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 18:35:04 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Combined two entries for this person. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
MACR 2968 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2511

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