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42-107036

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Dow Fd 15/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 3/5/44; transferred 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 6/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 21/6/44 with John Sorensen, Co-pilot: Albt Weibel, Navigator: Curtis Patterson, Bombardier: Jerome Morse, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Criswell, Radio Operator: Deryl Gotcher, Ball turret gunner: Bob Brown, Waist gunner: Bill Hammock, Waist gunner: Norman Katt,Tail gunner: Andy Treloar (10INT); flak, force landed Rinkaby, Sweden. Missing Air Crew Report 6237. Returned to the USA Bradley 30/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 4/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 22/12/45. BIG NOISE 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

  • Robert Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42107036 INT

  • Charles Criswell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42107036 INT

  • Deryl Gotcher

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 6'/21/44 in B-17 #42107036 INT

  • William Hammock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42107036 INT

  • Norman Katt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42107036 INT

  • 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...

  • Jerome Morse

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42107036 INT

  • Curtis Patterson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42107036 INT

  • John Sorenson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42107036 INT

  • Andrew Treloar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42107036 INT

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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...

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 21 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2015 21:05:44 Pete Changes to nicknames
Sources

The Sunrise Serenade, Jerry Penry, August 2000, Pg. 153

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6237 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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