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B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17G-25-DL 42-38052 was one of 2,400 B-17 Flying Fortress four-engine heavy bombers built under license by the Douglas Aircraft Company at Long Beach, California from 1943 to 1945. -052 was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces on Christmas Eve, 24 December 1943. In January 1944, the new bomber was assigned to the 711th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 447th Bombardment Group (Heavy) based at USAAF Station 126 (RAF Rattlesden), Suffolk, England. It flew its first combat mission 4 February 1944. This is the plane Robert Edward Femoyer flew with as Navigator, earning a Medal of Honor.



  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb 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...


  • Robert Femoyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Refused morphine after being mortally wounded so that he could navigate his crippled aircraft back to safety. On seventh mission. Navigator on B-17G-25-DL Flying Fortress 42-38052, Hotshot Green

  • Russell Hatchett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Russell T. Hatchett “Tom” Ball Turret Gunner ...

  • Jerome Rosenblum

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group


  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

  • 382

    31 May 1944
    Bombed the marshaling yards. Heavy flak but no hits.

  • 384

    2 June 1944
    Operations on this day were specified for D minus 3 by the Overall Air Plan as modified by Headquarters A.E.A.F. All objectives were located in the Pas de Calais (Fortitude) area, the attacks having as their purpose deception of the enemy as to the...

  • 392

    5 June 1944

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 395

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 405

    11 June 1944
    Flew a sortie flight to the French Coast at 24,000 feet. 8th Combat Flight. No flak.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 414

    15 June 1944

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 20:14:32 usxpat Changes to nicknames, description, unit associations and person associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:48 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log