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B-17 Flying Fortress

The B-17G, 42-31360, Smokey Liz - Snake Eyes, was delivered to Cheyenne 25/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43. It was assigned to the 731st Bomb Squadron, the 452nd Bomb Group, at [7D-P] Deopham Green, UK 5/1/44. Missing in Action at Merseburg 28/9/44, with Larry Downey: CoPilot: Chas Gillette, Navigator: Ed O’Neill, Bombardier: Jack Short, Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner: Stan Monikitas, Radio Operator: Ray Cremson, Ball Turret Gunner: Bill Vidulich, Waist Gunner: Cliff Haas, Tail Gunner: Bob Scott. 9 RTD Returned to Duty. Aircraft lost, shot down. Flak KO’d # 2 engine. Force landed, Brussels, Belgium, Salvaged 14/11/44. Renamed, Snake Eyes.



  • 43-37542 - Smokey Liz II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/4/44; Kearney 11/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 30/5/44; transferred 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 30/5/44; 729BS; Missing in Action Zwickau 19/3/45 with Bill Caldwell, Marvin Rosen, John Haas, Fernand Carsone, Chas...

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  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb 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


  • Steve Andrychuk

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top turret gunner/ flight engineer | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Lawrence Downey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    T/O Deopham 28 Sept 44 in B-17G 42-31360, target Merseburg/Leuna chemical plant. Hit by flak in left wing and no. 2 engine. Crash landed at Brussels Airfield, BE. All nine crew returned. ...

  • James McLellan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group


  • 652

    28 September 1944


  • 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...

  • Deopham Green Memorial

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Date Contributor Update
26 February 2022 22:31:32 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations

Added detail. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2022 22:25:48 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames

Punctuation, details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2022 22:23:53 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description

Details added, punctuation. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 08:02:06 Emily Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, unit associations and person associations

Transferred information from duplicate record provided by Chris Brassfield, 466th Bomb Group Historian

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2015 16:27:53 Pete Changes to nicknames, markings, unit associations, place associations and media associations

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log