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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 19/5/44; Kearney 30/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 11/6/44; on return from Chemnitz 6/2/45 with Don Hamaker, Co-pilot: Tony Hudson, Navigator: Dave Freeman, togg-T/Sgt Dan Winters, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tony Capaci, Radio Operator: Richard Ladd, Ball turret gunner: Rich Nixon, Waist gunner: Bob Osborne,Tail gunner: John Finke (9 Returned to Duty); flak hit damaged instruments force landed down in field near Ghent, Bel. After repairs flew back to UK; crash landed base with Bill Gaines 20/2/45; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; Sth Plains 3/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 13/12/45.



  • 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...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron


  • John Fincke

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Fincke flew his first mission on a B-17 named the LADY GAY. B-17 Flying Fortress #44-6165 "Lady Gay" was assigned to the 730BS/452BG at Deopham Green, England on June 11th, 1944; on return from Chemnitz February 6th, 1945 with Pilot: Don Hamaker, Co...

  • Donald Hamaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot/Element Leader (WWII); Command Pilot (Transport Command) | 452nd Bomb Group
    Completed 36 combat missions from February 3, (Berlin) through April 16, 1945. Piloted "Lady Gay" to bomb Chemnitz but was forced down by flak in Ghent, Bel. on February 6, 1945. All crew survived. Flew A/C back to Deopham Green following repairs. Flew...

  • Robert Koehler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Robert Koehler served in the US Army Air Corps from December 1943 until September 1945. He was trained to fly multi-engine aircraft and assigned to the 730 Squadron of the 452nd Bomb Group (H) based in Deopham Green, England from which he flew 35...

  • Raymond Stiff

    Military | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group


  • 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
Delivered Tulsa, OK, USA 19 May 1944

Delivered to USAAF

Assigned Deopham Green 11 June 1944

Assigned to the 452nd Bomb Group


Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 09:19:42 Emily Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, aircraft associations and person associations

Combined information from duplicate records. This record now contains information added by 466th Historian from Roger Freeman, 'B-17 Flying Fortress Story' and Pete from the 452nd Bomb Group Association

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 00:38:11 Pete Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 00:28:35 Pete Changes to media associations

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log