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42-31318

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/43; Walla Walla 6/11/43; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 6/1/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Milton Turner, Co-pilot: Major Don Dilger, Navigator: Francis Bauman, Bombardier: Gerald Hanus, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Cunningham, Radio Operator: Norman Parnell, Waist gunner: Chester Zinis, Waist gunner: Art Jones (8 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Adam Bomba{turret blown off and body found 17 miles NE of crash site},Tail gunner: Claude Westerfield (2 Killed in Action); mid air coll with 42-39961, crashed Wagenfelder Brickyard, on Barver road, 15 miles SE of Diepholz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2536. BELLE OF BROADWAY.

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...

  • 731st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Francis Bauman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision near Diepholz and crashed near Barver, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31318. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Adam Bonhe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group

  • John Cunningham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision near Diepholz and crashed near Barver, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31318. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Dilger

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Gerald Hanus

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Arthur Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision near Diepholz and crashed near Barver, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31318. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norman Parnell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision near Diepholz and crashed near Barver, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31318. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Milton Turner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision near Diepholz and crashed near Barver, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31318. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Claude Westerfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision near Diepholz and crashed near Barver, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31318. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Chester Zinis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Involved in a mid-air collision near Diepholz and crashed near Barver, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31318. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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) Germany 10 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2536 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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