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William C Gaither


B17 # 42-38145 'Rosalie Ann' Crashed near Buckenham, England, due to mid-air coll. w/ #42-31242 from 388th BG on 19 May 1944. RTD


Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb 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


  • 42-38145 Rosalie Ann

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/12/43; Gr Island 14/1/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG [6K-T+] Deopham Green 6/2/44; target Berlin 19/5/44 with Bill Gaither, Co-pilot: Ernie Demaray, Navigator: John Stull, Bombardier: Roger Soth, Ball turret gunner: John McCallum, Waist...

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...

  • Poltava

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:46 AAM AAM ingest

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