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42-107052

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 7/2/44; Grenier 3/3/44; Assigned 710BS / 447BG Rattlesden 22/3/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 29/5/44 with Bert Moran, Co-pilot: John Higgs, Navigator: Rudi Jacob, Bombardier: Ray Maguire, Radio Operator: Bill Mitchell (5 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Nick Tagliaferri, Ball turret gunner: Chas Bebb, Waist gunner: Gene Wachter, Waist gunner: Connolly O’Brien,Tail gunner: Leroy Beckman (5 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Seegeritz, six miles NE of Leipzig, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5303. PAPER DOLL II.

Service

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...

  • 710th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Bebb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42107052. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leroy Beckman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42107052. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Higgs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42107052. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Rudolph Jacob

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42-107052, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Raymond Maguire

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42-107052, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Mitchell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42-107052, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Bert Moran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42107052. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Connolly O'Brien

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42-107052, Prisoner of War (POW). Was held in Stalag 4. POW

  • Nicholas Tagliaferri

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42-107052, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eugene Wahter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42-107052, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2019 13:31:11 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

from 8th AF records

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2019 13:30:25 terveurn Changes to markings
Sources

from 447th BG records

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2017 23:55:18 PaperDoll Changes to nicknames and media associations
Sources

http://www.447bg.com/42-31112.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5303 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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