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42-31780

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 13/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 9/2/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 5/11/44 with Bill Leith, Ball turret gunner: Ray Newton, Waist gunner: Frank Barra (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Ray Rowe, Navigator: George Keiser, Bombardier: Bill Stewart, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Fishbeck, Radio Operator: Jack Nunley,Tail gunner: Coy Newport (6 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Wachendorf, two miles S of Euskirchen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10346. WINDY LOU.

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

  • Steve Andrychuk

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

  • Frank Barra

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1944 in AC #4231780. 'Windy Lou' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Fishbeck

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Keschnick on 11/5/44 in B-17 'Windy Lou' #4231780

  • Raymond Jr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group

  • George Keiser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Keschnick on 11/5/44 in B-17 'Windy Lou' #4231780

  • William Leith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Keschnick in B-17 'Windy Lou' #4231780

  • Coy Newport

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Keschnick on 11/5/44 in B-17 'Windy Lou' #4231780 PH/Air Medal/ EAME Ribbon

  • Raymond Newton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Keschnick in B-17 'Windy Lou' #4231780 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Jack Nunley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Keschnick on 11/5/44 in B-17 'Windy Lou' #4231780

  • William Stewart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Keschnick on 11/5/44 in B-17 'Windy Lou' #4231780 When we were hit we were able to fly for a good while, when we went to bail out our navigator told us we were over friendly territory. WE WERE NOT! ...

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) Germany 5 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 19:40:22 Pete Changes to markings
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 19:39:42 Pete Changes to media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2017 18:32:38 Pete Changes to nicknames
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10346 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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