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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 auxiliary runways, each 1400-yards in length, two T2-type hangars, 50 hardstandings and temporary buildings to accommodation nearly 3,000 men. The Group stayed for the rest of the war, flying 250 missions at the high cost of 110 lost bombers.

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Service

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People

  • Martin Aaland

    Military | Sergeant | 452nd Bomb Group
    Martin Aaland served with the 452nd Bomb Group. He re-enlisted after the war ended for one more year's service. He died in 1955.

  • Louis Abbott

    Military | 452nd Bomb Group

  • William Abbott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak over the target of Chateaudon airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97200 broke apart, exploded, and crashed S of the target. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Louis Abdallah

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | waist gunner, toggelier, B-17 | 452nd Bomb Group

  • James Abel

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | waist gunner, nose gunner, toggelier B-17 | 452nd Bomb Group

  • William Abernathy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4239936. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Donald Abker

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio operator/gunner | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Joseph Abraham

    Military | First Lieutenant | bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Maynard Abrahams

    Military | First Lieutenant | navigator | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Robert Abrams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37954 'Hank from Dixie'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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Aircraft

  • 41-9019

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 414BS/97BG 3/42 as LI'L SKUNKFACE; transferred 305BG Grafton Underwood 6/11/42; 381BG Ridgewell 11/6/43; 327BS/92BG Bovingdon [UX-V] 10/7/43 as target tug; 482BG Alconbury 27/8/43 for operations; with Gene Smith in landing accident at Deopham...

  • 42-102397 C'est La Guerre (That's War)

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Hunter 15/3/44; Dow Fd 10/4/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 20/4/44 MUGWUMP; Missing in Action Hamburg 17/1/45 with Maylan Skoglund, Co-pilot: Don Horning, Navigator: John Samos, Bombardier: Leroy Krug, Flight...

  • 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.

  • 42-102514

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/44; Gr Island 30/3/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 729BS/452BG [M3- ] Deopham Green 11/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava, with Jim Nelson Rus 21/6/44; Salvaged 2/7/44.

  • 42-102535

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 729BS/452BG Deopham Green [M3-Q] 8/4/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Mason Williams, Co-pilot: Clyde Wells, Bombardier: Bob Gamble, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Russ...

  • 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:...

  • 42-102572 Why Worry II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [N] Deopham Green 30/4/44; Missing in Action Karlsruhe 27/5/44 with Milton Ward, Co-pilot: Joe Atlas, Navigator: Tom McDonald, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George...

  • 42-102575 Panda Monium

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 10/4/44; battle damaged Rechlin 25/8/44 with ?; o/s runway, all OK; ...

  • 42-102587

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 30/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Albert Oswalt 21/6/44; Salvaged 2/7/44.

  • 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:...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2017 10:27:11 Lucy May Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
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Connected aircraft records that have 'Deopham Green' in their biography fields.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2015 18:40:58 Pete Changes to usaaf from date, usaaf to date and media associations
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
25 December 2014 08:50:20 Linda Bryan Changes to person associations
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This is where Herb was stationed.--LBryan

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

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