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42-32082

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/1/44; Billings 25/1/44; Cheyenne 30/1/44; Kearney 11/2/44; Presque Is 28/2/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 3/3/43; with Bob Cook, force landed English base 20/3/44 (10 Returned to Duty); Missing in Action Berlin 28/3/44 with Bob Cook, Radio Operator: George Silva,Tail gunner: John McLaughlinseverely wia, died in hospital next day (3 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Ron Casey, Navigator: John Osswalt, Bombardier: John Rowland, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gerald Poplett, Ball turret gunner: Carl Blickman, Waist gunner: Fremont Granade, Waist gunner: Dick Thayer (7 Killed in Action); flak hit #4 gas tank, the right wing broke off and it spun in to crashed near Chateaudun A/fd, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 3488. PASSIONATE WITCH II.

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

  • Carl Blichmann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Direct hit by flak on a mission to Chateaudin airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-32082 exploded, broke up, and crashed S of the target. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ronald Casey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Landed with battle damage from a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38124 'Passionate Witch'. RTD. Direct hit by flak on a mission to Chateaudin airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-32082 exploded, broke up, and crashed S of the...

  • Robert Cook

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Landed with battle damage from a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38124 'Passionate Witch'. RTD. Direct hit by flak on a mission to Chateaudin airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-32082 exploded, broke up, and crashed S of the...

  • Fremont Granade

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Direct hit by flak on a mission to Chateaudin airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-32082 exploded, broke up, and crashed S of the target. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Laughlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group

  • John Osswalt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Landed with battle damage from a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38124 'Passionate Witch'. RTD. Direct hit by flak on a mission to Chateaudin airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-32082 exploded, broke up, and crashed S of the...

  • Gerald Poplett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Landed with battle damage from a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38124 'Passionate Witch'. RTD. Direct hit by flak on a mission to Chateaudin airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-32082 exploded, broke up, and crashed S of the...

  • John Rowland

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Landed with battle damage from a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38124 'Passionate Witch'. RTD. Direct hit by flak on a mission to Chateaudin airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-32082 exploded, broke up, and crashed S of the...

  • George Silva

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Landed with battle damage from a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 in B-17G 42-38124 'Passionate Witch'. RTD. Direct hit by flak on a mission to Chateaudin airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-32082 exploded, broke up, and crashed S of the...

  • Richard Thayer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Landed with battle damage from a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38124 'Passionate Witch'. RTD. Direct hit by flak on a mission to Chateaudin airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-32082 exploded, broke up, and crashed S of the...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 283

    28 March 1944
    A force of 450 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions is despatched to bomb the German E-Boat pens at Ijmuiden, Holland and German airfields in France. Mission Summary follows: ...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed 28200 Châteaudun, France 28 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2018 16:55:57 Pete Changes to nicknames
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2016 19:50:43 Pete Changes to media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2015 20:12:25 JBlichmann Changes to events
Sources

Niece of Carl H. Blichmann

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2015 20:09:13 JBlichmann Changes to nicknames, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Niece of Carl H. Blichmann

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3488 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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