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43-37542

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/4/44; Kearney 11/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 30/5/44; transferred 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 30/5/44; 729BS; Missing in Action Zwickau 19/3/45 with Bill Caldwell, Marvin Rosen, John Haas, Fernand Carsone, Chas Howard, John Kuhn (6 Prisoner of War); Walt Miller, John Unsworth, Dave Spillmanchute failed (3 Killed in Action); jet enemy aircraft, crashed Zwickau, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13561. SMOKEY LIZ II.

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

  • Steve Andrychuk

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top turret gunner/ flight engineer | 452nd Bomb Group

  • William Caldwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Zwickau on 19 Mar 45 in B-17 'Smokey Liz II' #4337542

  • Fernand Carsone

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group

  • John Haas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Zwickau on 19 Mar 45 in B-17 'Smokey Liz II' #4337542

  • Edward Hood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 2 January 1945 in AC #43-38921.

  • Charles Howard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Zwickau on 19 Mar 45 in B-17 'Smokey Liz II' #4337542

  • John Kuhn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Zwickau on 19 Mar 45 in B-17 'Smokey Liz II' #4337542

  • Walter Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Zwickau in B-17 'Smokey Liz II' #4337542

  • Marvin Rosen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Zwickau on 19 Mar 45 in B-17 'Smokey Liz II' #4337542

  • David Spillman

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 19 March 1945 in AC #4337542. 'Smokey Liz II'

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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 19 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2018 18:22:25 Pete Changes to media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2018 20:28:10 Pete Changes to description
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2018 20:22:53 Pete Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13561 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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