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42-107087

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 16/2/44; Kearney 23/2/44; Presque Is 2/3/44; Assigned 92BG Podington 12/3/44; transferred 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 13/3/44; Missing in Action Ulm 9/8/44 with Paul Gilbert, Co-pilot: Bill Chemnitzer, Navigator: Art Appleton, Bombardier: Chas Hash, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jack Horner, Radio Operator: George Kelm, Ball turret gunner: Lou Hodson, Waist gunner: Terry Josey, Tail gunner: Bob Knudson (9 Returned to Duty); flak, ditched North Sea off Gt Yarmouth, Nfk, all rescued by British Air Sea Rescue after 11 hours in dinghies. BIG BARN SMELL.

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...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Arthur Appleton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 Big Barn Smell #42107087

  • Paul Gilbert

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 Big Barn Shell #42107087

  • Charles Hash

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 Big Barn Smell #42107087 http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/york/obituary.aspx?pid=149333715

  • Louis Hodson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 Big Barn Smell #42107087

  • Jack Horner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 Big Barn Shell #42107087

  • Terry Josey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 Big Barn Smell #42107087

  • George Kelm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 Big Barn Smell #42107087

  • Robert Knudson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 Big Barn Smell #42107087

  • Herbert Radabaugh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17s named 'Dog Breath' and 'Big Barn Smell'. Completed 31 missions. AM w/Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC, EAME

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...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Great Yarmouth, UK 9 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2020 17:15:04 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 19:33:49 Pete Changes to markings and media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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