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42-97904

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 31/3/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Dow Fd 6/6/44; Assigned 729BS/452BG Deopham Green 7/6/44 WHY WORRY; Missing in Action Saarbrucken 9/11/44 with Donald Gott, Co-pilot: Bill Metzger, Radio Operator: Bob Dunlap, Tail gunner: Herman Krimminger (4 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Joe Harris, Navigator: John Harland, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Russell Gustafson Wounded in Action, Ball turret gunner: Jim Foss, Waist gunner: Bill Robins (5 Returned to Duty); flak KOd #4, crashed Hattonville, Fr.; Salvaged 18/11/44. LADY JEANNETTE.

Service

Units

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    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...

  • 729th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Laurence Codeglia

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Bob Codeglia survived 34 missions as a waist gunner between September 5th 1944 and February 6th 1945. His Mission list is in the PDF Document

  • Robert Dunlap

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9 November 1944 in B-17 #42-97904 'Lady Jeannette' AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • James Fross

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Lady Jeannette-1944 PH

  • Donald Gott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Unsuccessfully attempted to crash land a crippled B-17 #42-97904 'Lady Jeannette' when he discovered that a crew member was too badly wounded to bail out with the rest of the crew. Co-pilot 2nd Lt. William Metzger also stayed with the aircraft and was...

  • Russell Gustafson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    28 missions. Shot down on 28th mission on 9 November 1944 at Saarbrucken. B-17 'Lady Jeannette' Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • John Harland

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Was Navigator on board Lady Jeannette with Lt. Gott's and Lt. Metzger's crew. Both were Killed in Action (KIA) and both were awarded Medal of Honor on a 9 November 1944 mission to Saarbrucken.

  • Joseph Harms

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Was Bombardier on Lt. Gott's and Lt. Metzger's crew. Both Killed in Action (KIA) and both awarded Medal of Honor 9 November 1944. Two other crewmen Killed in Action (KIA) as well. Air Medal/ PH

  • Herman Krimminger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) plane crashed in friendly territory near Hattonville, France. He had flown 22 missions. Plane was 'Lady Jeannette' #42-97904.

  • William Metzger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Gave up his parachute to another crew member and remained with B-17 #42-97904 'Lady Jeannette' when a crew member was too badly wounded to bail out over enemy territory. Pilot 1st Lt. Donald Gott also stayed with the aircraft and was awarded the MOH...

Missions

  • 707

    9 November 1944

Places

  • 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...

  • Hattonville

    Crash site

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2019 12:58:08 phil marchese Changes to production block number and manufacturer
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Corrected manufacturer

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2019 18:09:25 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space for readability in the description.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2019 17:53:53 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added a connection to 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2019 17:27:59 jmoore43 Changes to production block number and manufacturer
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Added plane info from photo of Lady Jeannette plaque.

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 00:58:37 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added BS & BG per info from plane's description.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2015 20:38:24 Pete Changes to description, person associations and mission associations
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2015 20:34:49 Pete Changes to nicknames
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2015 19:29:12 Pete Changes to nicknames
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2015 19:27:58 Pete Changes to description
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2015 19:26:48 Pete Changes to nicknames
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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