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42-97666

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 21/1/44; 1SAG Langley 3/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned as SH ship 96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 8/4/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 31/12/44 with John Kostuch (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob McCutcheon, Navigator: Bill Silvey, Bombardier: Jim Allen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Zimmer, Radio Operator: Bill Willard, Ball turret gunner: Chas Buatte, Waist gunner: Leon Roberts,Tail gunner: Nick Moramarco (8 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set wing and #2 on fire, crashed Hellwege, six miles W of Rotenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11234.

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...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Rotenburg on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #4297666

  • Charles Buatte

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Rotenburg on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #4297666

  • Chester Cox

    Military | Colonel | Group Commanding Officer | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Brigadier General

  • John Kostuch

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 December 1944 in AC #4297666 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • John Kostuch

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Robert McCutcheon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Rotenburg on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #4297666

  • Robert McCutcheon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Nick Moramarco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Rotenburg on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #4297666 Purple Heart,Air Medal w 2/Oak Leaf Cluster;Pres. Unit Citation; POW medal;WWII Victory Medal

  • Leon Roberts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Rotenburg on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #4297666

  • Calvin Samson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

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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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 31 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11234 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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