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Charles F. Wagner Crew
452nd BG
B-17G-15-BO #42-31373 "Flakstop"

Standing Left to Right: Lloyd J. Freeman (BTG), Francis Shaffer (R/O), Fred Richmond (WG), George L. James (TG), Paul A. Chaffe (WG), Donald A. Porter (FE/TTG)

Kneeling Left to Right: Charles F. Wagner (P), Alan R. Willis (CP), Henry H. Gladys (B), Clyde J. Martin (N)

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...

People

  • Paul Chaffee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    On the return from a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944 fighter attacks knocked out 3 engines on B-17G #42-39916 and the a/c crash-landed E of Le Treport, FR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lloyd Freeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. POW

  • Henry Gladys

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Evaded.

  • George James

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Killed in Action (KIA). Son of Greek Immigrants James and Lula V. Kolokotrones AM/ PH

  • Clyde Martin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Evaded.

  • Donald Porter

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Evaded.

  • Frederick Richmond

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner,
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Shaffer

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Wagner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alan Willis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Evaded.

Aircraft

  • 42-31373 Flakstop

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 731BS/452BG [7D-V] Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/43 with Chas Wagner, Radio Operator: Francis Shaffer, Waist gunner: Joe Tracey, Waist gunner: Fred Richmond,Tail gunner:...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2016 02:11:03 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Chris Brassfield

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