RAF Rattlesden, was home to the 447th Bomb Group, this consisted of the 708th, 709th, 710th and 711th Bomb Squadrons.

Possibly the most famous aircraft from this group was the B-17 ‘A Bit O’ Lace’ immortalised by Airfix as their 1:78 scale model.

I recently had the good fortune to come across this film on ‘You Tube’, taken by one of the crew members of ‘A Bit O’ Lace’.  It was taken at various points during the war and gives an insight in to the lives of the young crew of the B-17 during World War 2.

The film includes, scenes around bombed London, RAF Rattlesden and on missions over Europe, the exact locations are not clear.

The film also includes a Lancaster, believed to be N0. 100 Squadron Lancaster III ED587, HW-V, which shot down  on the night of 9th/10th March 1943 over Munchen.

Other ‘guest’ aircraft include P-51s and P-47s.

The film is priceless.

I visited Rattlesden earlier this year and it appears in Trail 15.

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B-17 – A Fascinating Film of ‘A Bit O’ Lace’

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