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  • 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...

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  • Woodrow Avent

    Military | Captain | Medical Officer | 447th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Barnette

    Military | First Lieutenant | Supply Officer, 709th Squadron | 447th Bomb Group
    Lt Barnette was the chief supply officer for the 709th squadron. Supply officers were tasked with making sure resources for the group made it to Rattlesden. Lt. Barnette was born in Iowa 1917, died in 1969 while working as a journalist in Western New...

  • Charles Davis

    Military | Major | 447th Bomb Group
    Charles Gerald Davis is the son of Dr. Cecil Clair and Margaret Marie Quinlan Davis. Charles Enlisted into the Army Air Corps, Aviation Cadet on 3 Oct 1941. On his application it states that he had 4 years of college with Civil Occupation as Architects...

  • William Eckman

    Military | Captain | Flying Equipment Officer | 447th Bomb Group

  • Clarence Elder

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer | 447th Bomb Group
    Col. Elder was the original C.O. of the 710th Bombardment Squadron and was well liked by all the men of Red Squadron. Born in 1915, He was from McMinneville, Oregon, and attended Linfield college before going to the United States Military Academy,...

  • Leo Falk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Armament Officer | 447th Bomb Group

  • Earl Ferry

    Military | First Sergeant (1st Grade) | 447th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Gass

    Military | Captain | Chief Dental Surgeon | 447th Bomb Group

  • Hunter Harris

    Military | General | 447th BG Commander | 447th Bomb Group
    From Wikipedia: ...

  • Garrett Hillery

    Military | Captain | Maintenance Officer | 447th Bomb Group
    Maintenance Officer at Rattlesden, England

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  • 43-38950 Bloody Bucket and Ol' Boomerang

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Topeka 14/10/44; Lincoln 20/10/44; Grenier 7/11/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 10/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...




Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:53 AAM AAM ingest

Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)