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Hudson crew, 447th bomb group, 711th squadron. Photo taken at Rattlesden, England, early 1944. Individuals unidentified in photo. Crew consisted of Lt. Wesley G. Hudson, Lt. Willard B. Corley, Lt. Norman Bishusky, Lt. Joseph C. Hendrix, S/Sgt. Edward J. Kelly, S/Sgt. Donald M. Jungenburg, Sgt. Leo A. St. Laurent, Pvt. Burton L. Wilson, Sgt. Charles E. Gorman, Sgt. James E. Penwell

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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

  • Norman Bishusky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Killed in Action on 27 March 1944, in B-17G #42-38085. His aircraft crashed near Bullswood Lane, Cockfield shortly after takeoff in poor weather. His aircraft was seen burning before it dove into the ground, causing the bombs on board to explore, and...

  • Willard Corley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action on 27 March 1944, in B-17G #42-38085. His aircraft crashed near Bullswood Lane, Cockfield shortly after takeoff in poor weather. His aircraft was seen burning before it dove into the ground, causing the bombs on board to explore, and...

  • Charles Gorman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action on 27 March 1944, in B-17G #42-38085. His aircraft crashed near Bullswood Lane, Cockfield shortly after takeoff in poor weather. His aircraft was seen burning before it dove into the ground, causing the bombs on board to explore, and...

  • Joseph Hendrix

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Killed in Action on 27 March 1944, in B-17G #42-38085. His aircraft crashed near Bullswood Lane, Cockfield shortly after takeoff in poor weather. His aircraft was seen burning before it dove into the ground, causing the bombs on board to explore, and...

  • Wesley Hudson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action on 27 March 1944, in B-17G #42-38085. His aircraft crashed near Bullswood Lane, Cockfield shortly after takeoff in poor weather. His aircraft was seen burning before it dove into the ground, causing the bombs on board to explore, and...

  • Donald Jungenburg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action on 27 March 1944, in B-17G #42-38085. His aircraft crashed near Bullswood Lane, Cockfield shortly after takeoff in poor weather. His aircraft was seen burning before it dove into the ground, causing the bombs on board to explore, and...

  • Edward Kelly

    Military
    Assigned to Wesley Hudson's crew and served on B-17 42-31088 nicknamed "Heaven Can Wait"

  • James Penwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action on 27 March 1944, in B-17G #42-38085. His aircraft crashed near Bullswood Lane, Cockfield shortly after takeoff in poor weather. His aircraft was seen burning before it dove into the ground, causing the bombs on board to explore, and...

  • Leo St Laurent

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action on 27 March 1944, in B-17G #42-38085. His aircraft crashed near Bullswood Lane, Cockfield shortly after takeoff in poor weather. His aircraft was seen burning before it dove into the ground, causing the bombs on board to explore, and...

  • Burton Wilson

    Military

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
07 June 2020 22:12:42 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
07 June 2020 22:08:24 timothymotz Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person 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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