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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Gr Island 25/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 16/3/44; damaged in taxi collision with 42-107225 at Hardwick Afd 7/6/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Gaston Efird, Co-pilot: Bruce Merickle, Navigator: Chris tack, Bombardier: Bill Cooter, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Katich, Radio Operator: Bill Welsh, Ball turret gunner: Bill Riley, Waist gunner: Marvin Little, Tail gunner: Chas Frey (9 Returned to Duty); battle damaged Rechlin, Ger, aircraft abandoned over Luxembourg; Salvaged 14/11/44.

Woolf Pack was named for one of its first pilot's, Willard Woolf. It recorded 63 operational bombing missions, 22 of which were flown by 1st Lt. Robert P. Koehler as co-pilot. Woolf Pack crash landed in Belgium on Sept. 25, 1944 with 'Gus' Efrid's crew aboard. All crew survived and returned to service with the aid of Belgian resistance. Lt. Koehler happened to be flying E-Rat-Icator when Woolf Pack went down.

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...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leslie Camp

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group

  • John Katich

    Military | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Robert Koehler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Robert Koehler served in the US Army Air Corps from December 1943 until September 1945. He was trained to fly multi-engine aircraft and assigned to the 730 Squadron of the 452nd Bomb Group (H) based in Doupham Green, England from which he flew 35...

Missions

  • 384

    2 June 1944
    Operations on this day were specified for D minus 3 by the Overall Air Plan as modified by Headquarters A.E.A.F. All objectives were located in the Pas de Calais (Fortitude) area, the attacks having as their purpose deception of the enemy as to the...

  • 392

    5 June 1944

  • 395

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

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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...

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 6 February 1944
Assigned Deopham Green, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18, UK 16 March 1944

452nd BG

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 12:01:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Associated missions from 452nd Bomb Group Association.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2019 15:50:05 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- 452nd Bomb Group Assoc.;
- Leslie R Camp is my wives grandfather. Told me by word of mouth. He was the ball turret gunner on Woolf's original crew.

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 21:15:36 466thHistorian Changes to markings, unit associations and place associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 21:14:50 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description and events
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2015 23:11:54 Pete Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2015 23:07:50 Pete Changes to description and media associations
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

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