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42-31096

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Harvard 4/10/43; Assigned 94BG Rougham 29/11/43; transferred 711BS/447BG Rattlesden /44; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with John Jellison, Co-pilot: Billy Collins, Navigator: Don Clausen, Bombardier: Ed Bracken, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wayne Akers, Radio Operator: Clarry Peterson, Ball turret gunner: Bill Lancaster, Waist gunner: Arnold Stone, Waist gunner: Art Titus,Tail gunner: Stan Leer (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Evenkamp, four miles W of Loningen, 11 miles NW of Quackenbruck, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2534. THE SQUIRMING SQUAW.

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

  • Wayne Akers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Quakenbruck, GR for unknown reasons on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31096. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Bracken

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Quakenbruck, GR for unknown reasons on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31096. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leonard Clausen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Quakenbruck, GR for unknown reasons on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31096. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Billy Collins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Quakenbruck, GR for unknown reasons on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31096. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Jellison

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Quakenbruck, GR for unknown reasons on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31096. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Billy Lancaster

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Quakenbruck, GR for unknown reasons on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31096. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clarence Peterson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Quakenbruck, GR for unknown reasons on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31096. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arnold Stone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Quakenbruck, GR for unknown reasons on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31096. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arthur Titus

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Quakenbruck, GR for unknown reasons on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31096. Prisoner of War (POW). 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 10 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2016 15:54:32 JoeTate Changes to nicknames
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2016 15:53:15 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 2534 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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