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42-97143

B-17 Flying Fortress

Boeing Aircraft - 30 January 1944
Cheyenne - 5 February 1944
Grand Island - 16 February 1944
Presque Isle - 11 March 1944
Assigned 729BS/452BG, RAF Deopham Green 1 April 1944
( P )
11 combat missions

Missing in Action Merseburg 12/5/44 with Otis Stogsdill, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Dean (2 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Joe Daniels, Navigator: Bill O’Brien, Bombardier: Lou Gricco, Radio Operator: Earl Weber, Ball turret gunner: Bob Williams, Waist gunner: Mike Walsh, Waist gunner: Frank Andrews,Tail gunner: Jim Redmond (8 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft plus damage by explosion of another B-17, crashed Wicher, six miles E of Mainz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4776.

Service

Units

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 729th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297143. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Joseph Daniels

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297143. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Ernest Dean

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297143. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Louis Gricco

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297143. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William O'Brien

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297143. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Redmond

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297143. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Otis Stogsdill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297143. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Michael Walsh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297143. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Earl Weber

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97143 'You've Had It. ' PH/ AM/ ETO/ GC

  • Robert Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297143. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

Places

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 12 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2018 14:27:43 terveurn Changes to media associations
Sources

from aircraft records

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2018 14:26:01 terveurn Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

from aircraft records
from 452nd BG records

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2016 22:56:02 Pete Changes to nicknames
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4776 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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