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42-31934

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/1/44; Gr Island 15/1/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG [7D-Q] Deopham Green 4/2/44;
Damaged over Rouen 8/7/44; with Bob Smith (Wounded in Action), Bombardier: John Morales (Wounded in Action), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wilfrid Cunningham, Radio Operator: John Kayes (Wounded in Action), Ball turret gunner: Jack Lodwig, Waist gunner: Everett O’Malley, Waist gunner: Don Tucker, Tail gunner: Bill Lorig (8 Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: Joe Beauregard, Navigator: John Thomsen (2 Killed in Action); Two engines out and radio, force landed on US fighter strip in France; was eventually repaired and back to UK base;

Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 25/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/11/45. Missing Air Crew Report ?. MARIE HELENA.

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

  • Joseph Beauregard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8 July 1944

  • Arnold Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Waist Gunner, Left Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 729BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • Jack Lodwig

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Lorig

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radar Operator / Radar Jammer | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 730BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 22 February 1945 in B-17 #448015. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12657 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew B-17 42-31934 'Marie Helena' on Rouen mission 8-July-44. Two engines out and without radio, force landed on US fighter strip in France 3 x WIA, 2 x KIA, 8 x RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Thomsen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 731BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed on Rouen mission 8-Jul-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Force landed France 8 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2016 16:28:20 Pete Changes to markings
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2016 17:15:44 Lucy May Changes to description, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Added associations from caption.

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2016 21:48:27 Pete Changes to media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2016 21:46:27 Pete Changes to media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2016 21:19:26 Pete Changes to media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2016 21:19:57 Pete Changes to nicknames
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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