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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 30/4/44; 729BS; force landed RAF Woodbridge with John Clifford 18/12/44; damaged over Augsburg 15/1/45 with Walter Green, Co-pilot: Walter Waite, Navigator: Elmer Gerard, Bombardier: Don Roberts, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Falsey, Radio Operator: Paul Tickerhoof, Ball turret gunner: Walt JankowskiWounded in Action, Waist gunner: Harry BurrellWounded in Action (9 Returned to Duty);Tail gunner: Albt Wyant (Killed in Action); ship limped home to base; battle damaged Frankfurt 17/2/45 with Joe Knott, Co-pilot: Bill Michelson, Navigator: Cornelius Fleming, togg-Sgt Rich Shimp, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Laddie Batha, Ball turret gunner: Joe Gibson (6 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Tom HawkinsWounded in Action, Waist gunner: Marvin Barnes,Tail gunner: Harry Kruk (3 Returned to Duty); overshot runway then crash landed one mile SW Tibenham A/fd; Salvaged 23/2/45. FORBIDDEN FRUIT II.



  • 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...


  • John Chopelas

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (3 battle stars).

  • Roland Stancl

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Flew 35 combat missions from 29 Nov, 44 (Hamm) to 28 March, 45 (Hanover). Made it through without any major crashes or problems.

  • 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) England 17 February 1945


Date Contributor Update
20 May 2016 21:30:38 Pete Changes to markings

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2015 00:56:59 Catherine_Hebert Changes to media associations

Linked photo of crew and Forbidden Fruit II.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2015 00:39:36 Catherine_Hebert Changes to nicknames

Added name "Forbidden Fruit II."

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15865 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database