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43-37833

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/44; Kearney 4/6/44; Dow Fd 27/6/44; Assigned 729BS/452BG Deopham Green 28/6/44; (? on Merseburg mission 28/9/44 with Ken Bickford Navigator: Lee Radio Operator: Bill Crawford (3 Returned to Duty); rest bailed out and picked up by US ground forces and flown back to base next day; Missing in Action Saarbrucken 9/11/44 with Ken Bickford, Navigator: Robert S. (Bob) Marquis, Bombardier: Bill Fannon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gene Van Loozencord, Radio Operator: Max Srodawa, Ball turret gunner: Chas Turner, Waist gunner: Bob Williams, Tail gunner: Phil Caldwell (8 men became Prisoners of War); Co-pilot: John Reilly (evaded capture); flak KOD #3, crashed Korscheid, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10347. THE UNINVITED II.

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

  • Kenneth Bickford

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    RTD. In B-17G #43-37829. T/O Deopham on 28sep44, target Merseburg, GE; hit by flak in the T/A losing engines No. 1 and 2. At the German-Luxembourg border, lost engine no. 3. Lt. Bickford was last to jump, at 1,000 feet. Crew of nine were all RTD.

  • Philip Caldwell

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    In B-17G #43-37829. T/O Deopham on 28 Sept44, target Merseburg, GE; hit by flak in the T/A losing engines No. 1 and 2. At the German-Luxembourg border, lost engine no. 3. Crew of nine were all RTD ...

  • William Fannon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Seventeen missions. September 1944 - Shot down by flak over Mergeberg. Bailed out over our lines. Picked up by U. S. forces, 9 November 1944 - shot down by flak over Saarbrucken. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft III. ...

  • Robert Marquis

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    On his 35th mission Bob was serving as the substitute navigator on Ken Bickford's crew (plane 337833) when it was shot down on 11/09/44 while over Saarbrucken Germany. Bob didn't discuss share much about his service, but one tidbit he did share...

  • John Reilly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Crashed near Korscheid on 11/9/44 in B-17 #43-37833, Evaded (EVD).

  • Max Srodawa

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Crashed on 11/9/44 into channel in B-17 #43-37833, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Turner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Crashed on 11/9/44 into channel in B-17 #43-37833, Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Eugene Van Loozenoord

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 452nd Bomb Group
    RTD. In B-17G #43-37829. T/O Deopham on 28 Sept 1944, target Merseburg, GE; hit by flak in the T/A losing engines No. 1 and 2. At the German-Luxembourg border, lost engine no. 3. Crew of nine were all RTD.

  • Robert Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    In B-17G #43-37829. T/O Deopham on 28 Sept44, target Merseburg, GE; hit by flak in the T/A losing engines No. 1 and 2. At the German-Luxembourg border, lost engine no. 3. Crew of nine were all RTD. Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 11/9/44 in to channel...

Missions

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

  • 652

    28 September 1944

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Shuttle Mission Poltava, Ukraine 11 September 1944

Bombed Chemnitz and landed at Poltava, USSR (now Ukraine).

Shot Down Korscheid, Germany 9 November 1944

Shot down by flak.
Ken Bickford Crew on board
All crew parachuted to safety

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2021 17:46:28 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2020 02:15:51 466thHistorian Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

"452nd Bombardment Group" - Marvin E. Barnes, pages 92-93
Letter from William Fannon to Chris Brassfield, 24 June 1997

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2017 16:14:13 1st Lt. Robert S Marquis Changes to description
Sources

Patrick Marquis son of Robert

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2017 16:13:41 1st Lt. Robert S Marquis Changes to description
Sources

Patrick Marquis Robert's son

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10347 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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