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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 21/1/44; 1SAG Langley 3/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned as SH ship 96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 8/4/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 31/12/44 with John Kostuch (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob McCutcheon, Navigator: Bill Silvey, Bombardier: Jim Allen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Zimmer, Radio Operator: Bill Willard, Ball turret gunner: Chas Buatte, Waist gunner: Leon Roberts, Tail gunner: Nick Moramarco (8 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set wing and #2 on fire, crashed Hellwege, six miles W of Rotenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11234.



  • 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


  • James Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Rotenburg on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #4297666

  • John Brinegar

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 missions with the 388th BG between July 44 and Jan 45, the last 14 as lead pilot. Known to have flown on the following aircraft. ...

  • Bernard Brooks

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    He flew with Pilot Lt. Ray Cambell on 'Ray's Hell' The plane crashed in England but the crew escaped. DFC, purple heart, etc

  • Charles Buatte

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Rotenburg on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #4297666

  • Ray Campbell

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Chester Cox

    Military | Brigadier General | Group Commanding Officer | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Brigadier General

  • Edward Grindle

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Myles Johns

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Anthony Kawalec

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 100th Bomb Group

  • John Kostuch

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 December 1944 in A/C #42-97666. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

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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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 31 December 1944


Date Contributor Update
19 August 2020 18:21:17 jmoore43 Changes to description

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:15 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11234 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database