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William C. Best




  • Welton Peden

    Military | Captain | 447th Bomb Group

  • Theodore Rall

    Military | Major | 447th Bomb Group

  • 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).

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...

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...

  • Rattlesden Gliding Club

    Other location


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Date Contributor Update
28 January 2020 02:07:28 timothymotz Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank and unit associations

Timothy Motz, from Pictorial History of the 447th Bombardment Group (H)