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42-31092

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/43; Gr Island 3/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 19/11/43; transferred 708BS/447BG [CQ- ] Rattlesden /43; Salvaged 20/4/45. BUTCH II.

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 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...

People

  • Edward Blattner

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    June 1, 1922: Edward Aloysius Blattner (Nickname: "Buddy") was born in Chicago Illinois ...

  • Charles Bruckman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Damaged 34th BG aircraft (#43-38971) mid-air collision with Ol' Scrapiron (#42-31582). Ol' Scrapiron broke apart at the waist on 23 Mar 1945. Seven crewmen of Ol' Scrapiron killed in Action (KIA) including Bruckman. Two survived (Schlag and Shibble).

  • Paul Collins

    Military | Major | Bombardier, navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Edward Shue

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 447th Bomb Group
    Bomber or Engineer on B17G "Butch II" that was hit by 20 mm 15 miles out from Dunkirk. Shue and some of the crew bailed out, Shue was shot in the back by the Germans and died in a German hospital in Dunkirk.

  • Robert Whitehand

    Military | Captain
    Was on non operational flight over France when hit by flak, had to bail out of 'Butch II' 42-31092. Legion of Merit, Air Medal, Purple

Missions

  • 898

    20 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • 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

Not yet known

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2018 22:01:55 jhuck Changes to unit associations
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; p. 297

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2018 21:55:47 jhuck Changes to unit associations
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; p. 297

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2016 15:42:33 JoeTate Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://www.447bg.com/Harvard%20Planes.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13538 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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