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42-31124

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 23/9/43; Harvard 11/10/43; Assigned 711BS/447BG [IR-N] Rattlesden 19/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Bill Davidson, Co-pilot: Clarry Fishburn, Navigator: John Coulson, Bombardier: Alan Brady, Radio Operator: Chas Buran, Ball turret gunner: Joe Oliver, Waist gunner: Chas Roberts, Waist gunner: John Reder,Tail gunner: Wendell Bourguignon (9 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Murphy (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Eickendorf, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4246.

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

  • Wendell Bourguignon

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231124. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Allan Brady

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group

  • Charles Buran

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231124. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Coulson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231124. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Davidson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31124. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clarence Fishburn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231124. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis Lowry

    Military | Captain | Crew captain | 447th Bomb Group

  • James Murphy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231124. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Joseph Oliver

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231124. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Reder

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231124. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Places

  • 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 29 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2018 15:54:57 mlowry Changes to nicknames
Sources

Mike Lowry, May 10, 2018

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2016 16:09:54 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 4246 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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