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42-102931

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/4/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Dow Fd 16/5/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 20/5/44; Missing in Action Saarbrucken 9/11/44 with Francis Meyers, Co-pilot: Fred Prado, Navigator: Bob Hester, Bombardier: Aldo Valenzano, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry DeYoung, Radio Operator: Bob Long, Ball turret gunner: Don Turman, Waist gunner: Albt Richards,Tail gunner: Jackson Britt (9 Killed in Action); flak, crashed North Sea off Lowestoft, Sfk, UK. Missing Air Crew Report 10345. FIKLBITCH.

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...

  • 731st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Steve Andrychuk

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

  • Jackson Britt

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Harold DeYoung

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9 November 1944.

  • Robert Hester

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9 November 1944 in B-17 'Fiklbitch' #42102931 AM/ PH

  • Hal Holland

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner/Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Flew mainly with 731st SQ but also 728/729th SQ's from 24/02/44 - 17/01/45. He flew in Fickle Bitch two days before it crashed into the sea off Lowestoft, in English Channel. His last flight was in 44-8081.

  • Robert Long

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9 November 1944 in AC #42102931. 'Fiklbitch' AM/ PH

  • Francis Meyers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9 November 1944 in AC #42102931. 'Fiklbitch' PH

  • Fred Prado

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9 November 1944 in AC #42102931 'Fiklbitch'. AM/ PH

  • Albert Richards

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9 November 1944 in AC #42102931. 'Fiklbitch' AM/ PH

  • Donald Turman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9 November 1944 in AC #42102931. 'Fiklbitch' AM/ PH

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 9 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10345 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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