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42-107091

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 17/2/44; Grenier 7/3/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green [9Z-D] 12/3/44; battle damaged Leige & Brussels 20/5/44 with Capt Ed Skurka (Joe Knoll?), Co-pilot: H.S. Kronowski, Navigator: D.E. Newton, Bombardier: H.F. Martin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Norman Burton, Radio Operator: Dave Bittner, Ball turret gunner: Norman Hess, Waist gunner: Chas Hickman, Waist gunner: John Choprias (9 Returned to Duty);Tail gunner: John Tinker (Killed in Action); flak burst took of part of tail plane, aircraft limped home to land at Rattlesden US base, Sfk, but with controls damaged ran on into a meadow, with no injuries; however it clipped a crash truck fatally injury a member; Salvaged. FORBIDDEN FRUIT.

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

  • David Bittner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight engineer | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Norman Burton

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • John Chopelas

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (3 battle stars).

  • Norman Hess

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Hickman

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Henry Krosnowski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Herbert Martin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Dwight Newton

    Military | Colonel | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF rising to rank of Colonel.

  • Edward Skurka

    Military | Major | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean conflict rising to rank of Major.

  • John Tinker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Tail section of b-17 42-107091 hit by flak on Crossbow mission 8-May-44 killed instantly in tail position. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

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...

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2015 16:24:02 Pete Changes to place associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2015 16:22:44 Pete Changes to place associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2015 20:30:19 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and unit associations
Sources

Chris Brassfield

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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