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42-31354

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Walla Walla 10/11/43; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 5/1/44; transferred 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 6/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Durward Sorensen, Co-pilot: Bob Evans, Navigator: Henry Hambrick, Bombardier: Willard Bader, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Herman, Waist gunner: Paul Simerly, Waist gunner: Larry Watkins (7 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Arvo Palmerthrown clear in crash but broke his neck, Ball turret gunner: Bernie Holmes,Tail gunner: Jim Nagy (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft on return, ship headed for Sweden, but crash landed on German A/fd two miles NE of Zerbst, SE of Magdeburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3191. LOUNGE LIZARD aka DIXIE JANE.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 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

  • Willard Bader

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, forced B-17G 42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3191 ...

  • Robert Evans

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, forced B-17G 42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3191 ...

  • Henry Hambrick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, forced B-17G 42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3191 ...

  • John Herman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, forced B-17G 42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3191 ...

  • Bernard Holmes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, forced B-17G 42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • James Nagy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, forced B-17G 42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3191 ...

  • Arvo Palmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, forced B-17G 42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3191 ...

  • Paul Simerly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, forced B-17G #42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Durward Sorensen

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, forced B-17G 42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3191 ...

  • Lawrence Watkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731st BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Continuous attacks by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, forced B-17G 42-31354 to make a forced landing SE of Magdeburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3191 ...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 252

    8 March 1944
    The VKF ballbearing factory at Berlin/Erkner is the primary target for 623 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. Fighter opposition and anti-aircraft fire are intense. There are so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

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...

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 26 October 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 26-Oct-43.

Assigned Great Ashfield UK 5 January 1944

Assigned 385BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Deopham Green, UK 6 January 1944

Transferred 731BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Zerbst, Germany 8 March 1944 – 8 March 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 8-Mar-44; intercepted by FW190's on return, A/C headed for Sweden, but crash landed on German A/fd two miles NE of Zerbst, SE of Magdeburg, Germany. 7 x POW, 3 x KIA MACR 3191.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2019 11:55:13 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/37108837
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-31354-dixie-jane-aka-lounge-lizard/
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_2.html

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2018 17:49:42 Pete Changes to nicknames, markings and media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3191 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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