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Scanlon Crew (708) Standing L-R Lt Scanlon, Lt Barnett, Lt Varbnhorst, Lt Maurizi,
Kneeling L-R: Sgt Gallagher, Sgt Bergren, Sgt Hammer, Sgt Surdick, Sgt Dudley



  • 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...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron


  • David Barnett

    Military | Second Lieutenant

  • Robert Bergren

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Lenus Dudley


  • Allen Gallagher


  • Donald Hammer


  • Mario Maurizi Jr.

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Lt Maurizi was from Philadelphia, entered the service at age 19 and immediately went into the Army Air Forces. Was stationed at Rattlesden on October 13th, 1944 with the Scanlon Crew. They flew 30 plus missions and finished when the war was complete. ...

  • Thomas Scanlon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Robert Surdick

    Military | Tail Gunner

  • Laverne Varenhorst

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot
    Flew on 'American Beauty, member of Scanlon Crew


  • 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...

  • Rattlesden Memorial

    Other location

  • St Nicholas, Rattlesden

    Other location

  • Rattlesden Gliding Club

    Other location


Date Contributor Update
13 January 2021 20:33:01 pamccolgan Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

447 Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2020 21:41:31 timothymotz Created entry with collection, unit associations and place associations

Timothy Motz, from Pictorial History of the 447th Bombardment Group (H)