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A bomber crew of the 452nd Bomb Group on their return from the Romilly mission to France. Image via Walt Chochrek. A veteran has handwritten on the reverse: 'On just returning from Romilly, France, their first mission and the Group's second for a repeat performance. Original members of the "Punched Fowl". crew # 48, lead crew 730th Sqdn, 452nd Bomb Gro. Front row from left are Flight Officer Leon B Slobodzian, Bombardier; and S/Sgts George W Haggerty, Right Waist Gunner; Everett L Wales, Radio Operator, and Walter- S- Chochrek, Engineers and Top Turret Gunner. Back row from left- 1st Lt Chester L Story, Navigator; 2nd Lt Frank L Houston, Co-pilot, 1st Lt Jimme H "The Skipper" Vallee, Pilot; Sgt James J Doherty, tail gunner; S/Sgt Ivan C Dixon, Lower ball gunner and Sgt Raymond Schumacher, left waist gunner.'

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A bomber crew of the 452nd Bomb Group on their return from the Romilly mission to France. Image via Walt Chochrek. A veteran has handwritten on the reverse: 'On just returning from Romilly, France, their first mission and the Group's second for a repeat performance. Original members of the "Punched Fowl". crew # 48, lead crew 730th Sqdn, 452nd Bomb Gro. Front row from left are Flight Officer Leon B Slobodzian, Bombardier; and S/Sgts George W Haggerty, Right Waist Gunner; Everett L Wales, Radio Operator, and Wlater- S- Chochrek, Engineers and Top Turret Gunner. Back row from left- 1st Lt Chester L Story, Navigator; 2nd Lt Frank L Houston, Co-pilot, 1st Lt Jimme H "The Skipper" Vallee, Pilot; Sgt James J Doherty, tail gunner; S/Sgt Ivan C Dixon, Lower ball gunner and Sgt Raymond Schumacher, left waist gunner.'

Connections

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...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Walter Chochrek

    Military | Engineer, top turret gunner

  • James Doherty

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner

  • George Haggerty

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Right waist gunner
    Staff Sergeant George W Haggerty was a right waist gunner for the lead crew of the 730th Bomb Squadron, 452nd Bomb Group.

  • Frank Houston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Frank L Houston was a co-pilot with the lead crew of the 730th Bomb Squadron, 452nd bomb Group. He flew 30 missions then went into the Aphrodite project and was one of the pilots who actually bailed out and made it back home. He later became a senior...

  • Leon Slobodzian

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Leon B Slobodzian was a bombardier with the lead crew of the 730th Bomb Squadron, 452nd Bomb Group. He flew 29 missions over 8 months in Europe and earned both the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.

  • Everett Wales

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 11:40:00 rossingtonj Changes to caption, unit associations and person associations
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:25:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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