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42-107225

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 28/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 22/4/44; damaged in taxi collision with 42-97206 at Harwick Afd 7/6/44; Missing in Action Eindhoven 9/8/44 with Horace Bradshaw, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Martin (2 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Tim Ahren, Navigator: Bill Farriss, Bombardier: George Blanford, Radio Operator: Mike Billey, Waist gunner: Alex Jablonski,Tail gunner: Bill Kirk (7 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Frank Doucette (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Eindhoven, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 7388.

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

  • Timothy Ahren

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Eindhofen on 8/9/44 in B-17 #42107225 POW

  • Steve Andrychuk

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

  • Michael Billey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 8/9/44 and crashed at Eindhofen in B-17 #42107225

  • George Blanford

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Eindhofen on 8/9/44 in B-17 #42107225 POW

  • Horace Bradshaw

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Crashed at Eindhofen on 8/9/44 in B-17 #42107225 Evaded capture, escaped in September with help of Dutch citizens.

  • Frank Doucette

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Joined Dutch Resistance after crash 9 August 1944. Killed in skirmish with German soldiers 19 September 1944.

  • William Farris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Eindhofen on 8/9/44 in B-17 #42107225 POW

  • Alexander Jablonski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Eindhofen on 8/9//44 in B-17 #42107225 POW

  • George Keating

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief; Airplane Maintenance Technician; Instructor, Airplane Maintenance | 452nd Bomb Group
    Received a bronze star from 3rd AD for for his outstanding performance of his duties in aircraft maintenance in 76 bombardment opertions against the enemy which resulted in no plane being forced to return because of mechanical failures. Campaigns:...

  • William Kirk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Eindhofen on 8/9/44 in B-17 #42107225 POW

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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) France 9 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7388 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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