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42-37842

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 19/9/43; Gr Island 13/10/43; Assigned 711BS/447BG [IR-R] Rattlesden 26/11/43; Missing in Action Achmer 8/4/44 with Jim Anderson, Co-pilot: Vernon Dicke, Navigator: George Schroeder, Bombardier: Theo Bush, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ken Runkle, Radio Operator: George Bauer, Ball turret gunner: Lynn Dollar, Waist gunner: Bill Baker, Waist gunner: Wencil Schleis,Tail gunner: John Segrest (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Welbregen, near Ochtrup, 10 miles SW Rheine, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3658.

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

  • James Anderson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Lost three engines on the return from a mission to Berlin that was recalled and crash landed near Friston, Sussex on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31155. RTD. Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-17 #4237842. Prisoner of War (POW). Completed 17 missions. POW

  • William Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37842, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Bauer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Lost three engines on the return from a mission to Berlin that was recalled and crash landed near Friston, Sussex on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31155. RTD. Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-17 #4237842. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Theodore Bush

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Lost three engines on the return from a mission to Berlin that was recalled and crash landed near Friston, Sussex on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31155. RTD. Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-17 #4237842. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Delap

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group

  • Vernon Dicke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-17 #4237842. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lynn Dollar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Lost three engines on the return from a mission to Berlin that was recalled and crash landed near Friston, Sussex on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31155. RTD. Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-17 #4237842. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard McGee

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Runkle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Lost three engines on the return from a mission to Berlin that was recalled and crash landed near Friston, Sussex on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31155. RTD. Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-17 #4237842. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wencil Schleis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Lost three engines on the return from a mission to Berlin that was recalled and crash landed near Friston, Sussex on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31155. Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-17 #4237842. Prisoner of War (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 8 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2016 14:05:52 Lynn Dollar Jr Changes to description
Sources

My name is Lynn Dollar Jr, I am the son of the BTG, Lynn Dollar . Mr Ken Runkle's name is misspelled . I know Mr Runkle , he's the only surviving member of the crew and I speak with him in phone conversations.

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2015 00:33:02 Lynn Dollar Jr Changes to description
Sources

Lynn Dollar Jr, son of the Ball Turret Gunner

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3658 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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