Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Scott 25/9/43; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 19/11/43; crashed on take off for mission 12/4/44 with Pilot: Philip King, Co-pilot: John Dillon, Navigator: Clarence V. Anderson, Bombardier: John Pruner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: William Harrison, Radio Operator: Lloyd Boltz, Waist gunner: Duncan Campbell (7 Killed in Service); Ball turret gunner: John Burek, Waist gunner: Don Grainger, Tail gunner: Carl Rettzel (3 Returned to Duty); struck tree on take off and crashed Grange Farm, Blacksmith Lane, Thorpe Morieux, Suffolk. Salvaged 13/4/44.
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...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed on take-off, April 12, 1944, B-17G #42-31088, 'Heaven Can Wait'.
Navigator in Philip King crew.
Military | 447th Bomb Group
Assigned to Wesley Hudson's crew and served on B-17 42-31088 nicknamed "Heaven Can Wait"
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...
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