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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 15/3/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 22/5/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 14/8/44 with Bill Stiles, Navigator: John Madiera, Bombardier: Chas Keck (3 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Joe Lojewski, Radio Operator: Art Varricchio, Ball turret gunner: Hubert Campney, Waist gunner: Ralph Montiel,Tail gunner: Lester Gaulin (5 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Walker (KIS-shot by Gestapo next day); flak damaged controls, 6 men bailed over Strasbourg, but P kept control intent of returning to base but ran out of gas, rest bailed 12 miles SW of Le Mans, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 8425.



  • 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


  • Hubert Campney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    On 14 August 1944 in AC 42-97852, we were ordered to bomb the electrical plant at Mannheim. There was not room for the parachute to be attached to the harness in the ball turret. I had always pushed my chute into an area just large enough to hold the...

  • Lester Gaulin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Strausburg on 8/14/44 in B-17 #4297852 POW

  • Charles Keck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down twice. 14 August 1944 at Strausburg. Evaded (EVD), returned through France. 2 October 1944 near Kassel. Evaded (EVD) until 13 October 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). 3 Air Medals

  • Joseph Lojewski

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Strausburg on 8/14/44 in B-17 #4297852 POW

  • John Madeira

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Evaded capture having bailed out at Strasburg on 14 August 1944 in B-17 42-97852

  • Ralph Montiel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Strausburg on 8/14/44 in B-17 #4297852 POW

  • William Stiles

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed at Strausburg on 8/14/44 in B-17 34297852

  • Arthur Varricchio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Crashed at Strausburg on 8/14/44 in B-17 #42-97852, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Walker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight Engineer | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 14 or 15 August 1944 in A/C #42-97852. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Willis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Flew total of 37 combat missions. 1st mission was to N. France on 20 April, '44 and last was Ludwigshaven on 21 September, '44.


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 14 August 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:16 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8425 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database