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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Military | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
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...
||Tulsa, OK, USA
||19 May 1944
Delivered to USAAF
||11 June 1944
Assigned to the 452nd Bomb Group