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42-31331

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/10/43; Walla Walla 6/11/43; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Glenn Butterworth, Co-pilot: Joe Schaller, Navigator: Chas Mueller, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Mullany, Radio Operator: Fred Thibodeau, Ball turret gunner: John Leatherbury, Waist gunner: Milton Knedler, Waist gunner: Andy VanOver,Tail gunner: Marlin Monson (9 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Orville Robertson (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #3 then shattered cockpit, crash landed on bank of River Weser, close to centre of Nienburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3190. MON TETE ROUGE aka TINA TANGERINE.

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

  • Glenn Butterworth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31331 fell out of formation and was attacked by fighters and made a crash landing NW of Nienburg enroute to target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Milton Knedler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31331 fell out of formation and was attacked by fighters and made a crash landing NW of Nienburg enroute to target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Leatherbury

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31331 fell out of formation and was attacked by fighters and made a crash landing NW of Nienburg enroute to target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Marlin Monson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31331 fell out of formation and was attacked by fighters and made a crash landing NW of Nienburg enroute to target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Mueller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31331 fell out of formation and was attacked by fighters and made a crash landing NW of Nienburg enroute to target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Mullany

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier, Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31331 fell out of formation and was attacked by fighters and made a crash landing NW of Nienburg enroute to target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944. POW. POW for 15 months in Germany and East Prussia. POW

  • Orville Robertson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31331 fell out of formation and was attacked by fighters and made a crash landing NW of Nienburg enroute to target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Schaller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31331 fell out of formation and was attacked by fighters and made a crash landing NW of Nienburg enroute to target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frederick Thibodeau

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31331 fell out of formation and was attacked by fighters and made a crash landing NW of Nienburg enroute to target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Andrew Vanover

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31331 fell out of formation and was attacked by fighters and made a crash landing NW of Nienburg enroute to target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944. 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 8 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2017 20:22:13 Pete Changes to nicknames
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3190 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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