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42-31325

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/43; Walla Walla 6/11/43; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 12/1/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 8/2/44 with Bob Lorenzi, Co-pilot: Bob Costello, Navigator: Paul Packer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Sweeney (4 evaded capture); Radio Operator: Don Kirby, Ball turret gunner: Ray Lentz, Waist gunner: Clyde Tinker, Waist gunner: Bill Fischer,Tail gunner: Rene Gilman (5 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Abe Rosenthal (Killed in Action); no gas, crashed Le Cardonnois, W of Montdidier, near Amiens, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 2801.

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...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Paul Becker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Robert Costello

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return froma mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31325. A/c crashed near Amiens, FR after crew baled out. Evaded (EVD).

  • William Fischer

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return froma mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31325. A/c crashed near Amiens, FR after crew bailed out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Rene Gilman

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return froma mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31325. A/c crashed near Amiens, FR after crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Kirby

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return froma mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31325. A/c crashed near Amiens, FR after crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Lentz

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return froma mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31325. A/c crashed near Amiens, FR after crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Lorenzi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return froma mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31325. A/c crashed near Amiens, FR after crew baled out. Evaded (EVD).

  • Abe Rosenthal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return froma mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31325. A/c crashed near Amiens, FR after crew baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Sweeney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return froma mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31325. A/c crashed near Amiens, FR after crew baled out. Evaded (EVD).

  • Clyde Tinker

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return froma mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31325. A/c crashed near Amiens, FR after crew baled out. 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) Over Water (OW) English Channel 8 February 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2801 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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