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Marvin Otto, 100th Service Group.

A B-17 that returned from a mission to Berlin had a large “flak” hole in the left side of the fuselage. The radio operator’s compartment had been totally destroyed and the radio operator blown out of the aircraft. One bomb bay door had been blown away. The aircraft landed with one flat tire and the ball turret guns pointing downward dragging on the runway. One bomb had not released over the target and was jammed in the wreckage of the bomb bay area. While fuel leaked from the aircraft and sparks emitted from the electrical system, Marvin disarmed the bomb and removed it from the aircraft. For his actions he was awarded the Soldier’s Medal.




  • Marvin Otto

    Military | Building and Maintenance
    Marvin was assigned to the 100th Service Group. “In England our unit was split in half. My half went to set up three air fields being built. We put up Nissen huts, mechanic facilities and bomb and ammo storage dumps.” His last field was...


  • 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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13 April 2018 13:52:22 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

"Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 26 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.