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42-97634

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/1/44; 1SAG Langley 4/2/44; Grenier 17/3/44; Assigned 333BS/94BG Rougham 24/3/44; transferred 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 3/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Capt Bill Reynolds, Maj Wilbur Allen, Capt John Galey, Gus Herith, Lou Fugazi (5 Killed in Action); Lou Senese, Lt Sam Tait {mickey op}, Tony De Santis, Chas Beasley, Lt Jim Hoard {tg} (5 Prisoner of War); aircraft fate ? ; Missing Air Crew Report 10164.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 711th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Wilbur Allen

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Gera in B-17 #42-97634, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Beasley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Louie Fugazi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Gera in B-17 #4297634

  • John Galey

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Gera in B-17 #42-97634, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • August Herlth

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Gera in B-17 #4297634

  • James Hoard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 11/2/44 near Gera in B-17 #4297634

  • William Reynolds

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Gera in B-17 #4297634

  • Anthony Santis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Louis Senese

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 11/2/44 near Gera in B-17 #4297634

  • Samuel Tait

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pathfinder Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed on 11/2/44 near Gera in B-17 #42-97634, Prisoner of War (POW).

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 2 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10164 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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