Assigned to 730th Squadron. First mission, of thirty-three combat missions, was 28 March, 1944. The 452nd BG were to bomb German occupied airfield, Chateaudun, France. A combined force of 191 B-17's from 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 452BG left from England to bomb 2 airfield and shipyards. Passionate Witch II (42-32082) and Kickapoo Joy Juice (42-97200) from the 452nd BG both received direct hits by flak. 32082 right wing broke off and spun out of control. 97200 broke apart and exploded. There were total of seven survivors. Kaminski witnessed both devastating experiences which will be forever in his memory. He returned home September 1944. Missing in Action Leipzig 12/4/44 with Leland Evers, Navigator: Jules Jacobs, Bombardier: Gene Tully, Radio Operator: Stan Folcikbody was found in Channel 26/6/44 and buried, Brookwood, UK, Ball turret gunner: Fred Barnes,Tail gunner: Bob Langheier (6 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Ed Kaminsky, Waist gunner: Willis Junnila, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Givens plunged 12,000 ft before ‘chute opened, Waist gunner: Matt Hunter (4RTD- picked up by RAF Walrus L2289 of 277Sqd off Orfordness, Suffolk); mech fault en route to target, aircraft stalled and broke up, ditched North Sea, off Clacton, Essex. Missing Air Crew Report 3933. THREE CADS AND A LAD
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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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Vandalia 21/10/43; Bunker Hill 10/11/43; Denver 20/11/43; Gt Falls 10/12/43; Nutts Corner (Belfast) 5/1/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG [6K- ] Deopham Green 6/1/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 12/4/44 with Leland Evers, Navigator: Jules Jacobs,...
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:
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...