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44-8518

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 3/10/44; Dow Fd 14/10/44;

Assigned 729BS/452BG Deopham Green [M3-F] 26/10/44;

Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 5/12/44 with Charles Wagoner, Co-pilot: Marshall Zidell, Navigator: Francis O’Keefe, Bombardier: Ed Sundahl, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Thurston Magnum, Ball turret gunner: Jim Raymer, Waist gunner: Louis Larson,Tail gunner: Ed Ward (8 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Joe Norocos (Prisoner of War);

Mechanical fault, crashed Talgewilsten, west of Lingen, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 11051.

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

  • Joseph Korosec

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Talgewilsten on 5 Dec 44 in B-17 #448518. While with 731BS, was in following incident: Upon landing at Deopham Green in B-17G #43-38201, co-pilot raised landing gear instead of flaps. (OOPS!) The 'co-pilot' was in fact...

  • Louis Larson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Talgewilsten in B-17 #448518

  • Thurston Mangum

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Talgewilsten in B-17 #448518. While assigned to the 731BS, Lt. Wagoner was in the follow incident: Upon landing at Deopham Green in B-17G #43-38201, co-pilot raised landing gear instead of flaps. (OOPS!) The 'co-pilot' was in...

  • Francis O'Keefe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Talgewilsten in B-17 #44-8518. ...

  • James Raymer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 December 1944 in AC #448518. AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Edward Sandahl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Talgewilsten in B-17 #44-8518.

  • Charles Wagoner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed in B-17 #44-8518 at Talgewilsten. While assigned to the 731BS, Lt. Wagoner was in the follow incident: Upon landing at Deopham Green in B-17G #43-38201, co-pilot raised landing gear instead of flaps. (OOPS!) The 'co-pilot...

  • Edward Ward

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Edward Ward was Killed in Action (KIA) at Talgewilsten in B-17 44-8518 on 5 December 1944. It was his 24th mission. ...

  • Marshall Zidell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Talgewilsten in B-17 #448518

Missions

  • 738

    5 December 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Lingen, Germany 5 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2014 10:20:05 Lucy May Changes to description, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Made Connections based on existing information in the Biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11051 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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