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Military site : airfield

Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm despite its proximity to the take-offs and landings of four-engined B-17 Flying Fortresses. The 457th Bomb Group lost 83 aircraft in action. The Group has a memorial to the men who died serving from Glatton air base in the Conington church graveyard.

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  • Elmer Abel

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 10 September 1944 PH

  • John Akers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot - B-17 Flying Fortress | 457th Bomb Group
    John Akers Jr grew up in Greenville, TX on a cotton farm. Graduated High School May 1939. His days consisted of working the cotton farm with 2 mules and picking the cotton. After seeing the events of Pearl Harbor during his time in the civilian...

  • Harold Alhfors

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Damaged by flak and crashed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 #4231552 POW

  • Joseph Andrews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Warren Antoine

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived a ditching in B-17G 42-38063 'GI Virgin', qualifying for "Flying Goldfish Award" for the ditching. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Angelo Archiopoli

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 September 1944 in B-17 #4338181. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Blair Arsenault

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 457th Bomb Group
    26 Combat Missions (B-17's), 3 to Berlin, 1 to Dresden. Crash-landing 3 February 1945 in Langemark, Belgium. Bailed out over Ruhr around Essen, Germany, in B-17 #42-38113 'Renne III' and taken prisoner 21 March 1945. All crew members were taken...

  • Frederick Asbell

    Military | Captain | Radar Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 October 1944 in B-17 44-8046. Prisoner of War.

  • Lyle Astry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Moonlight Mission. ' T/O Glatton in B-17G #42-97955 on 28sept44, target Madgeburg, GE. Attacked by numerous fighters, left formation, and crashlanded in Belgium. Cew of nine all RTD.

  • Henry Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-17 #42-31618 which ditched in channel. Killed in Action (KIA)

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  • 41-2578 Butcher Shop/ Big Tin Bird

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...

  • 42-102458

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 757BS/457BG Glatton 1/5/44; no other info; Salvaged battle damaged SAD 27/6/44.

  • 42-102464 "What's Next?"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; with David Steele force landed base 16/4/44; Dow Fd 6/5/44; Assigned 750BS/457BG Glatton [G] 7/5/44; Missing in Action Le Bouget A/fd 14/6/44 with Chas Blackwell, Co-pilot: Theo Baskette, Radio Operator: Ed...

  • 42-102543

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Grenier 19/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-B] Nuthampstead 20/4/44; flew with 457BG Glatton on 29/6/44; (54m) Missing in Action Munster 28/10/44 with John Farmer, Navigator: Bob Chorba, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-102692

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 14/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 3/5/44; battle damaged Berlin 24/5/44 with ?; Salvaged 14/11/44.

  • 42-102905

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/4/44; Kearney 7/5/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [J] Glatton 16/5/44; Missing in Action Politz 7/10/44 with Clarence Jennings, Co-pilot: Dick Garland, Navigator: Martin Schwartz, Bombardier: Hardy Bell, Flight engineer...

  • 42-102948 The Denver Bandit

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [D] Glatton 23/5/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Keylon Clarke, Navigator: Walt Sundling, Bombardier: Bob Smith, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt...

  • 42-102949

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 30/6/44; transferred 508BS/351BG [YB-G] Polebrook 1/7/44; Missing in Action 22m Augsburg 19/7/44 with Herb Konecheck, Co-pilot: Barrett Levinsky, Navigator: Joe...

  • 42-102954

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/44; Kearney 3/5/44; Dow Fd 1/6/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [Q] Glatton 13/6/44; battle damaged Cologne 3/1/45 with ?; force landed continent, Salvaged 9/2/45.

  • 42-102965

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/4/44; Kearney 6/5/44; Dow Fd 23/5/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 24/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Harry Stafford, Co-pilot: Bernie Maverosky, Navigator: Arthur Flach, Bombardier: Tony Wodek, Flight engineer/top turret...

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Date Contributor Update
31 August 2017 09:11:16 Lucy May Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

Connected aircraft records that have 'Glatton' in their biography fields.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)