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Rohde crew, 447th Bomb Group, 711thy Squadron. Photo taken at Rattlesden, England, undated. Standing, L-R: Lt. Ernst "Bob" Rohde, Lt. Allen S. Cook, Lt. Gordon F. Serrott, Lt. John D. Stockman; Kneeling, L-R: Sgt. Leonard C. Smith, Sgt. Frank J. Wisniewski, Sgt. John P. Biscardi, Sgt. Walter J. Hemhauser, Sgt. George W. Schwegel

Connections

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

  • John Biscardi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner
    Flew 20 Missions on 'Umbriago' Crash landed once in Holland by evaded with help of British soldiers Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster;EAME ribbon;Good Conduct/Pres. Unit Citation

  • Allen Cook

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Walter Hemhauser

    Military

  • Ernst Rohde

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • George Schwegel

    Military

  • Gordon Serrott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Flew 30missions on Umbriago with Rohde Crew

  • Leonard Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)

  • John Stockman

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Frank Wisniewski

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Rohde crew. Account of crew's experience, written by co-pilot Alan Cook: http://www.447bg.com/Story%20of%20Umbriago.pdf

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2020 20:36:11 timothymotz Changes to collection
Sources

Timothy Motz

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2020 23:32:36 timothymotz Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Timothy Motz, from Pictorial History of the 447th Bombardment Group (H) https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/41056; identifications from 447bg.com

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2020 23:20:16 timothymotz Created entry with caption, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Timothy Motz, from Pictorial History of the 447th Bombardment Group (H) https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/41056; identifications from 447bg.com

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