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42-97220

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-B] Gt Ashfield 15/3/44; transferred 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 16/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Howard Morehouse, Co-pilot: Jim Fitzpatrick, Navigator: Ed Plank, Bombardier: Herb Becker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Smith, Radio Operator: George KellyWounded in Action, Ball turret gunner: Delbert FentonWounded in Action, Waist gunner: Bill King, Waist gunner: Jim ClarkWounded in Action,Tail gunner: Dan Wilkerson (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set left wing on fire, crashed E of Runingen, two miles S of Brunswick, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4589. KICKAPOO JOY JUICE.

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

  • Placido Andrade

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Placido was one of 5 sons of Placido and Diluvina Andrade, a 5-Blue Star Family from Los Angeles, CA. Placido and his brothers, Albert-USA, Leonard-USA, Alfred-USA, and Danny-USN, all served during World War II. Placido was an original crew member of ...

  • Herbert Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down May 8, 1944 in B-17 #4297220 called 'Kickapoo Joy Juice'. Prisoner of War (POW) in Germany for just a week short of a year. [Kickapoo Joy Juice was the beverage drunk by the Indians in the Al Capp cartoon "Little Abner."] ...

  • James Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down May 1944 in B-17 #4297220 'Kickapoo Joy Juice'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Delbert Fenton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down May 1944 in B-17 #4297220 ' Kickapoo Joy Juice'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Fitzpatrick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down May 1944 in B-17 #4297220 'Kickapoo Joy Juice'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Kelley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down May 8, 1944 in B-17 #4297220 'Kickapoo Joy Juice'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William King

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down May 1944 in B-17 #4297220 'Kickapoo Joy Juice'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Morehouse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down May 1944 in B-17 #4297220 'Kickapoo Joy Juice'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Plank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down May 1944 in B-17 #4297220 'Kickapoo Joy Juice'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ernest Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down May 8, 1944 in B-17 #4297220 'Kickapoo Joy Juice'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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...

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2015 16:03:39 Pete Changes to nicknames and place 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 / MACR 4589 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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