The Grossheim B-17 crew, shortly after arrival in Scotland, March 1944. BACK ROW
Lewis Scott (bombardier), Edward Grossheim (pilot), Thomas Flavin (co-pilot), Clarence English (navigator)
Clifton Storey (ball turret gunner), Pern Todd (radio operator), Samuel Ailey (top turret gunner), James Mason (waist gunner), William Pennington (tail gunner)
Not in photo - Walter Keinath (waist gunner)
Mission map for 8th Air Force mission 482 to Ebelsbach-Schweinfurt on July 19, 1944 from Harold Motz, navigator in the Westrope crew, 708th squadron, 447th bomb group
Original map now in the collection of the Museum of the US Air Force, Dayton, Ohio.
Herdic "Fuddy Duddy" Crew: L-R Back row Frank Banas-BTG, Carl Herdic-P, Ray Kravick-RO, Joe Lomiglio-TG.
Front row, L-R Don Jones-E, George Cornell-WG, Phillip Chase-CP, Leonard Ericson-N Arthur Locker-Bombardier
Delivered Cheyenne 26/2/44; Kearney 12/3/44 (LT Edward H. Grossheim crew, as "Little Stinker"); Dow Fd 5/4/44 (LT Edward H. Grossheim crew, as "Little Stinker"); Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 7/4/44 (renamed "Fuddy Duddy"); Missing in Action Misburg 30/12/44 with Wylie Leverett, Bob Mihovich, Jim Tiffany, Bob Hildebrandt, Roy Davis, Edwin Haynia, Earl Danhour (7 Killed in Action); Larry Adler, Harry Hunt (2 Prisoner of War); mid air coll, crashed Wenings, Ger?. Missing Air Crew Report 11228. LITTLE STINKER (before UK) aka FUDDY DUDDY.
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...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wenlngs on 30 Dec 44 in B-17 'Fuddy Duddy' #4297400
Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
Warran Callahan served as a co-pilot with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.
Military | Major | Bombardier, navigator | 447th Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
Flew 29 missions on 'Fuddy Duddy'
Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
Crashed near Wenlngs in B-17 'Fuddy Duddy' #42-97400, Killed in Action (KIA).
Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Wenlngs in B-17 'Fuddy Duddy' #4297400
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
Thomas Diamond served as a top turret gunner in the Westrope crew with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
Oscar Flores served as a waist gunner with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
Shot down at Ohlum on 6/18/44 in B-17 #43-37714, Killed in Action (KIA).
19 July 1944
Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.
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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