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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 728th BS / 452nd BG Deopham Green ( T ) 13/3/44; battle damaged Chemnitz, Ger 6/2/45 with Carl Tyner, Co-pilot: John Stellitans, Navigator: John Woodford, togg-Sgt Hurbert Richardson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Marion Strong, Radio Operator: Chas Boyle, Ball turret gunner: Art Phillips, Waist gunner: Harley Riesgard,Tail gunner: Chas Riesig (9 Returned to Duty); flak KOd two engines, force landed continent; Salvaged 20/5/45. DUECES WILD.



  • 45th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 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...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron


  • Cletus Debrosse

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Burton Sobel

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Flew 30 combat missions in several different B-17's. 1st mission was Lutzkendorf with 731st SQ, and last mission was Dedenhausen.


  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


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Date Contributor Update
02 April 2017 15:42:33 terveurn Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations and place associations

added identification letter

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest

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