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John S Willis

Military

Flew total of 37 combat missions. 1st mission was to N. France on 20 April, '44 and last was Ludwigshaven on 21 September, '44.

Service

Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-102499

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z-Q] Deopham Green 5/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Elias Harris, 21/6/44; Salvaged 2/7/44.

  • 42-102541 Ain't Miss Behavin' II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 2/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z-Z] Deopham Green 3/5/44; on return from Royan Afd complete with bomb load 19/6/44 with Oliver Wright, Co-pilot: Bob Merryman, Navigator: Alfd Turner, Bombardier:...

  • 42-102615 Forbidden Fruit II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 30/4/44; 729BS; force landed RAF Woodbridge with John Clifford 18/12/44; damaged over Augsburg 15/1/45 with Walter Green, Co-pilot: Walter Waite, Navigator:...

  • 42-107036 Big Noise II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Dow Fd 15/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 3/5/44; transferred 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 6/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 21/6/44 with John Sorensen, Co-pilot: Albt Weibel, Navigator: Curtis Patterson, Bombardier: Jerome Morse,...

  • 42-97306 Lady Janet

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 22/4/44; no ops, transferred 729BS/452BG Deopham Green 23/4/44; battle damaged at Poltava 21/6/44; repaired Russia; Salvaged 17/8/45. LADY JANET.

  • 42-97308 Hairless Joe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 26/4/44; 730BS; Missing in Action Bremen 31/3/45 with Francis Moore, Co-pilot: Alvin Levine, Radio...

  • 42-97361

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/2/44; Kearney 16/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 728th BS / 452nd BG ( K ) RAF Deopham Green 6/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Alex Halbleib, Co-pilot: George Kelly, Navigator: Sam KniffenWounded in Action, Bombardier:...

  • 42-97371 Hairless Joe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/2/44; Kearney 17/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 5/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Hugh Atkinson, Co-pilot: Ralph Scott, Navigator: Jim Lundebjerg, Bombardier: Francis Headley, Flight...

  • 42-97852

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/3/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 22/5/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 14/8/44 with Bill Stiles, Navigator: John Madiera, Bombardier: Chas Keck (3 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Joe Lojewski,...

  • 43-37695 Lucky Lady III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/5/44; Patterson 23/5/44; Kearney 6/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 28/6/44; battle damaged Chemnitz 6/2/44 with Allen Marksian, Co-pilot: Bob Hedenus, Navigator: Clinton Day, Bombardier: Tom Coleman,...

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Missions

  • 309

    20 April 1944

  • 327

    29 April 1944

  • 332

    1 May 1944

  • 344

    8 May 1944

  • 358

    19 May 1944

  • 359

    20 May 1944

  • 361

    22 May 1944
    From diary of Lt. David W. Leblanc: "Was up at four for a mission to Kiel, Germany. I went as first pilot and Rocky as my co-pilot. Every thing went along swell except at target. Flack was moderate but extremely accurate. Two ships in the lead squadron...

  • 364

    23 May 1944

  • 367

    24 May 1944

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

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Associated Place

  • 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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2017 02:45:39 CallyBoatwright452ndBGA Changes to highest rank, role, biography, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Carolyn 'Cally' Boatwright 452nd BGA

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

1999 Unit Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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