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42-31352

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/10/43; Walla Walla 7/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 6/1/44 LEADING LADY; Missing in Action Warnemunde 9/4/44 with John Mayek*, Co-pilot: Maj George Oxrider, Navigator: Howard Mattingley*, Bombardier: Ed Leslie*, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wymond Ridge, Radio Operator: Ed Krementz, Ball turret gunner: Norman Burton*, Waist gunner: Marshall Phillips*, Waist gunner: Jack Browne*,Tail gunner: Lt Jim Hudson (10KIA - *bodies not found); enemy aircraft KOd #2 & 3, crashed Baltic Sea off Laaland, Den; Missing Air Crew Report 3661. IRON BIRD.

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

  • Jack Browne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4231352. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Norman Burton

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4231352. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • James Hudson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4231352. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Krementz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4231352. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Edward Leslie

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4231352. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Howard Mattingly

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4231352. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). His name is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery. AM/ PH

  • John Mayek

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4231352. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • George Oxrider

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Sep-42 Assigned as Pilot, with crew, of B-17F 41-24606 [VK-H] "Werewolf", 303BG/358BS at Kellogg, Field, Battle Creek, Michigan with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 10-Oct-42 moved with "Werewolf" and crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine in preparation for...

  • Marshall Phillips

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4231352. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Wymond Ridge

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4231352. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

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 9 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2016 19:59:32 Alex-5872-dk Changes to nicknames
Sources

www.angelfire.com

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3661 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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