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42-31338

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/10/43; Walla Walla 10/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 1/1/44. Missing in Action Brunswick 10 February 1944 with Pilot Kenneth D. Smith, Co-pilot: Robert R. Nixon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Charles W. Hacic, Ball turret gunner: Harvey H. Fleming, Waist gunner: Floyd E. Holman, Waist gunner: Russell C. Moss,Tail gunner: Kenneth M. Burns (7 Prisoner of War); Navigator: John L. Nightingale, Bombardier: William M. Doyle, Radio Operator: Roy E. Morris (3 Killed in Action). Enemy aircraft, crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2540. HARD TO GET.

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

  • Kenneth Burns

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Kemme, near Hildesheim, Germany on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Doyle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harvey Fleming

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Hacic

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Floyd Holman

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Roy Morris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Russell Moss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Nightingale

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Nixon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany, on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31338 'Hard To Get'. Prisoner of War (POW).

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

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) Kemme, Germany 10 February 1944

crashed near Kemme, 10km Northeast of Hildesheim (SE of Hannover), Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2020 15:03:59 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2540

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2540 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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