Object Number - UPL 36169 - B-17 42-102691, 452nd BG, 728th BS, in formation.

Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 3/5/44; damaged by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Joe Antol 21/6/44; repaired & re-ass 15AF Italy 29/9/44; Assigned 346BS/99BG Tortorella 11/12/44; 18m to depot 4/45; Returned to the USA 1103 BU Morrison 28/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 4/1/46.


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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 452nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-29473) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle" of the 347th Bomb Squadron, 99th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force during a mission over Turin. Official caption on image: "26599 A.C." Handwritten caption on reverse: '15th AF, 99th BG, 347th BS.' Printed caption on reverse: '26599 AC - A picturesque coastline in the Mediterranean forms a backdrop for a USAAF Flying Fortress on its way to bomb the vital Turin, Italy ball bearing plane on Nov. 8. This plane is one of a large formation whic
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


Sergeant George Mondale, Lieutenant Ernest Demaray, Sergeant John McCallum and Lieutenant Roger Soth of the 452nd Bomb Group with Russian personnel. Image via William C Gaither. Letter from Gaither enclosed with print: ‘These photographers were taken at Poltava, Russia on June 22 1944. On June 21st my group, the 452d and others flew from England to Poltava en route hitting oil refinery at Rhurland, Germany. That night after landing German dive bombers bombed the field destroying ninety or more B-17 airc
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Eastern Command Headquarters (ESCOM)


Event Location Date Description


Cheyenne, Wyoming 26 March 1944


Deopham Green Airfield, UK 3 May 1944 452 BG 728 BS


Damaged in bomb atttack

Poltava Airfield, Ukraine 21 June 1944


Tortorella Airfield, Italy 29 September 1944 99 BG 346 BS


Date21 Oct 2018 23:31:28

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date19 Oct 2018 15:54:34

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date15 Feb 2018 19:09:21

452nd Bomb Group

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:11

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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