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42-39974

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 23/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 731/BS452BG [7D-P] Deopham Green 12/1/44; Missing in Action Warnemunde 9/4/44 with Ernie Racener, Co-pilot: Clyde Freeman, Navigator: Art Wagner, Bombardier: Harry Dukes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Carlson, Radio Operator: Chas Garrett, Ball turret gunner: Vernice Wilson, Waist gunner: Bob Hazleton, Waist gunner: Herb Rosenberg,Tail gunner: Chas Cook (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, force landed Vaerlose Afd, Den. Missing Air Crew Report 3785. PUNCHBOARD. (Restored and operated by II/.KG200.)

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

  • Robert Carlson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-399974 'Punchboard'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Cook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42399974. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Dukes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-399974, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clyde Freeman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42399974. Prisoner of War (POW). was in Barth till 45 POW

  • Charles Garrett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42399974. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Hazelton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42399974. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ernest Racener

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 42-399974, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Herbert Rosenberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42399974. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arthur Wagner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-399974, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Vernice Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42399974. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

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
Left formation over the Baltic Sea Baltic Sea 9 April 1944

After having bombed the FockeWulf
factory at Poznan the B 17`s was attacked by
Ju 88`s over the Baltic Sea. The Ju 88`s lobbed rockets into the formation and 42-39974
"Punchboard" was hit in number two engine and lost fuel. Pilot 1st Lt Ernest L. Racener left the formation and headed north with the intention
of trying to reach Sweden before they ran out of fuel.

Forced landing in enemy territory Vaerloese Airfield 9 April 1944 – 10 April 1944

When 42-39974 "Punchboard" reached land and saw red flags with a white cross (The Danish flag) they believed it to be Sweden and looked for a place to land. They found a nice green field and only
when preparing to land did they notice the German aircrafts parked there. Racener
pulled “Punchboard” up but at the same time the gunners reported a ME 210
behind them and it was quickly decided to land at what turned out to be Fliegerhorst Vaerloese "Vaerlose Airfield".

Punchboard crew made POW's Oberursel (POW) Camp 10 April 1944 – 15 May 1945

All 10 crewmen were made
POW`s and sent to Dulag Luft at Oberursel for interrogation.

Punchboard flown to Rechlin–Lärz Airfield Erprobungsstelle Rechlin

"Punchboard" was one of the only B-17Gs captured intact and flown by the Luftwaffe during the war. In fact, it is believed to have been the last B-17 captured intact during the war. The fate of "Punchboard" is unknown.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2019 15:12:43 Alex-5872-dk Changes to description and events
Sources

Bill Freeman

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2019 14:34:24 Alex-5872-dk Changes to events
Sources

Bill Freeman

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 22:29:04 Alex-5872-dk Changes to events
Sources

Source: 2nd Lt. Clyde Cleveland Freeman (Co-Pilot) via Bill Freeman (www.bill-freeman.net)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 22:16:34 Alex-5872-dk Changes to events
Sources

Source: 2nd Lt. Clyde Cleveland Freeman (Co-Pilot) via Bill Freeman (www.bill-freeman.net)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 22:10:02 Alex-5872-dk Changes to events
Sources

Source: 2nd Lt. Clyde Cleveland Freeman (Co-Pilot) via Bill Freeman (www.bill-freeman.net)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 21:26:45 Alex-5872-dk Changes to events
Sources

Source: 2nd Lt. Clyde Cleveland Freeman (Co-Pilot) via Bill Freeman (www.bill-freeman.net)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 20:33:21 Alex-5872-dk Changes to events and media associations
Sources

Source: 2nd Lt. Clyde Cleveland Freeman (Co-Pilot) via Bill Freeman (www.bill-freeman.net)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 19:48:17 Alex-5872-dk Changes to events and media associations
Sources

Source: 2nd Lt. Clyde Cleveland Freeman (Co-Pilot) via Bill Freeman (www.bill-freeman.net) & (www.b24.net)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 19:40:07 Alex-5872-dk Changes to events
Sources

*2nd Lt. Clyde Cleveland Freeman (Co-Pilot) via Bill Freeman (www.bill-freeman.net) & (www.b24.net)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 19:27:20 Alex-5872-dk Changes to events
Sources

Source: 2nd Lt. Clyde Cleveland Freeman (Co-Pilot) via Bill Freeman (www.bill-freeman.net) & (www.b24.net)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 18:19:44 Alex-5872-dk Changes to events
Sources

Source: 2nd Lt. Clyde Cleveland Freeman (Co-Pilot) via Bill Freeman (www.bill-freeman.net)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 18:07:23 Alex-5872-dk Changes to events
Sources

Source: (www.303rdbg.com) and 2nd Lt. Clyde Cleveland Freeman (Co-Pilot) via Bill Freeman (www.bill-freeman.net)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 17:20:46 Alex-5872-dk Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

Søren C. Flensted (www.flensted.eu.com)
2nd Lt. Clyde Cleveland Freeman (Co-Pilot) via Bill Freeman (www.bill-freeman.net)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2016 16:49:33 Alex-5872-dk Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

www.bill-freeman.net/me/eighthaf/index.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3785 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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