42-39981 Rugged but right,

Delivered Long Beach 24/10/43; Walla Walla 11/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z-P] Deopham Green 19/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with George Haakenson, Wounded in Action, Co-pilot: Don Heckman, Navigator: Bill Murphy, Bombardier: Malvin Samuel, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Madori, Radio Operator: John Baas, Ball turret gunner: Bill Mason, Wounded in Action, Waist gunner: Harry Donohue, Wounded in Action, Waist gunner: George Warmby* (*last name probably should be Hamby), Tail gunner: Ward Wickwar, Wounded in Action (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed near Burg Afd, near Pietzpul, 15 miles N of Magdeburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4450. RUGGED BUT RIGHT.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 452nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 728th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 728th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17097724
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class (6th Grade)
  • Role/Job: Ball Turrett
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 728th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32715058
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 728th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-809947
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

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Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 1944-04-29

Revisions

Date25 Mar 2020 02:05:56
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Carolynboatwright452ndBGA

Date20 Mar 2020 21:03:25
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a comment about "George Warmby" last name being spelled wrong and probably should be "Hamby".

Date20 Mar 2020 20:51:00
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a second nickname that is listed in most of the crew's "Summary biography" sections including the pilot, George Haakenson.

Date20 Mar 2020 19:42:15
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date8 Jun 2019 20:51:25
Contributorphil marchese
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See comments on finish.

Date10 Apr 2019 22:41:29
Contributorphil marchese
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AAM image
Burbank sequence depicted in this range.
FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date24 Dec 2018 21:57:29
Contributorjmoore43
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Added commas in description for readability.

Date26 Dec 2017 17:35:22
ContributorPete
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:51
ContributorAAM
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4450 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database