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42-31373

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 731BS/452BG [7D-V] Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/43 with Chas Wagner, Radio Operator: Francis Shaffer, Waist gunner: Joe Tracey, Waist gunner: Fred Richmond, Tail gunner: George James (5 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Freeman (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Alan Willis, Navigator: Clyde Martin, Bombardier: Henry Gladys, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Porter Wounded in Action (4 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Staphorst-de-Leijen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 2916. FLAKSTOP.

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

  • Lloyd Freeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. POW

  • Henry Gladys

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Evaded.

  • George James

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Killed in Action (KIA). Son of Greek Immigrants James and Lula V. Kolokotrones AM/ PH

  • Clyde Martin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Evaded.

  • Donald Porter

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Evaded.

  • Frederick Richmond

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner, | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Shaffer

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Tracy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Wagner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alan Willis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin and crashed near Staphorst, Holland on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31373 'Flak Stop'. Evaded.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

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) Zwarteveenweg 5, Staphorst, The Netherlands 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2021 07:00:04 PieterMantel Changes to media associations
Sources

Photograph taken by PieterMantel

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2020 20:13:52 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in the A/C “Description” to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2020 19:55:48 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2016 21:29:09 Pete Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2916 / MACR 3930 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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