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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/1/44; Gr Island 17/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z-M] Deopham Green 13/3/44; Missing in Action Gdynia 6/8/44 with Louis Graber, Co-pilot: Morris Freed, Navigator: Fran Maloney, Bombardier: Nick Milcic, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Hubert Meggs, Radio Operator: George Lucas, Ball turret gunner: Ray Wojewnik, Waist gunner: George Gouvas,Tail gunner: Jesse Olds (9INT); flak damaged engine, force landed Resmo, Sweden; Missing Air Crew Report 7387. Left for UK 28/5/45.



  • 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...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron
  • 862nd Bomb Squadron


  • Herbert Autenreith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 351st Bomb Group
    Died when B-17 42-32087, carrying him home, ditched in the North Atlantic on flight to USA killing 15 members of the crew and passengers. There were 4 survivors.

  • John Baker

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Frank Bonczar

    Military | Private | Airplane Propeller Mechanic | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Brubaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Harold Digman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Morris Freed

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 8/6/44 in B-17 #4232087

  • George Gouvas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 8/6/44 in B-17 #4232087

  • Louis Graber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Sweden on 8/6/44 in B-17 #42-32087. Interred (INT)

  • Harold Granholm

    Military | Sergeant | Airplane and Engine Mechanic | 486th Bomb Group

  • James Green

    Military | Corporal | Parachute Rigger and Repairman | 493rd Bomb Group

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  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 August 1944
Crashed Azores, Portugal 5 July 1945

On returning to USA in July 1945, the Benny Radzevich crew stopped at Azores overnight to refuel. shortly after departure next morning suffered an engine fire and had to ditch approximately 100 miles west of the islands. 4 men were rescued. 16 men did not survive


Date Contributor Update
31 August 2018 20:45:06 Darren Jelley Changes to unit associations and place associations

493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2018 20:43:21 Darren Jelley Changes to nicknames, description and events

493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2018 19:18:28 Pete Changes to media associations

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2016 15:10:39 Pete Changes to nicknames, markings and place associations

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7387 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database