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This is an unidentified crew, but is believed to possibly be the first crew assembled under Lt. Lakeman (708) when he went from Co-Pilot to Pilot.



  • 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


  • William Beste

    Military | Sergeant | Radio operator
    M.O.S. 757

  • Herbert Glasscock

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Leonard Hessenauer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Lyndon Lakeman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 447BG, 8AF USAAF. Dale Hanks crew. 35 x missions on B-17's. ETD. Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Flying de Havilland Mosquito's. ...

  • Walter Zuba

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)


  • 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 20:03:05 pamccolgan Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
04 June 2020 21:46:00 timothymotz Created entry with collection, unit associations and place associations

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