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42-97780

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Denver 2/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 19/4/44 NOW GO!; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-R] Deenethorpe 28/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/12/45. BLUE BOMB EXPRESS.

Service

People

  • Don Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Placido Andrade

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Placido was one of 5 sons of Placido and Diluvina Andrade, a 5-Blue Star Family from Los Angeles, CA. Placido and his brothers, Albert-USA, Leonard-USA, Alfred-USA, and Danny-USN, all served during World War II. Placido was an original crew member of ...

  • William Chapman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Hugh Gwin

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hugh Gwin served as a flight engineer and top turret gunner with the 452nd Bomb Group out of Deopham Green.

  • David Hay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Rosenheim in B-17 43-38646 18-Apr-45; crashed near Krallsheim Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14175 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Delmore Le Fleur

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. Ted Carroll crew. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Joseph Rutkowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Gene Viehman crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Rosenheim in B-17 43-38646 18-Apr-45; crashed near Krallsheim Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14175 ...

  • Leon Stewart

    Military | First Lieutenant | Lead Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    1st Lt Leon F. Stewart flew 33 missions, from 10/25/1944, mission #160, to 04/14/1945, mission #248 with the 401st BG. He served as a Navigator. He flew his first 13 missions with the Fred H. Babcock crew and was transferred to the Art Seder crew for...

  • Charles Utter

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    31 missions, mission #7 (28 Sep 44) crash-landed in Belgium, all survived and returned to complete tour. Entire crew returned to USA in March '45 DFC w/Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Medal w/5Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Otis Yeargan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

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Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • 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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2021 22:01:17 jmoore43 Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
Sources

Added the Production block number and Manufacturer per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17g-30-ve-42-97736-42...
Added quotes around the A/C nicknames to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2016 17:51:17 Pete Changes to nicknames
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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