42-97206 Woolf Pack

media-7118.jpeg UPL 7118 Woolf Pack in combat

Primary ride for Lt. Robert Koehler

Object Number - UPL 7118 - Woolf Pack in combat

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Gr Island 25/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 16/3/44; damaged in taxi collision with 42-107225 at Hardwick Afd 7/6/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Gaston Efird, Co-pilot: Bruce Merickle, Navigator: Chris tack, Bombardier: Bill Cooter, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Katich, Radio Operator: Bill Welsh, Ball turret gunner: Bill Riley, Waist gunner: Marvin Little, Tail gunner: Chas Frey (9 Returned to Duty); battle damaged Rechlin, Ger, aircraft abandoned over Luxembourg; Salvaged 14/11/44.



Woolf Pack was named for one of its first pilot's, Willard Woolf. It recorded 63 operational bombing missions, 22 of which were flown by 1st Lt. Robert P. Koehler as co-pilot. Woolf Pack crash landed in Belgium on Sept. 25, 1944 with 'Gus' Efrid's crew aboard. All crew survived and returned to service with the aid of Belgian resistance. Lt. Koehler happened to be flying E-Rat-Icator when Woolf Pack went down.

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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 730th Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 730th Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 730th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-817334
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Presque Isle Army Airfield : Presque Isle Air Force Base : Presque Isle International Airport : PIAAF

Missions

  • Date: 30 August 1944
  • Date: 26 August 1944
  • Date: 14 August 1944
  • Date: 9 August 1944
  • Date: 2 August 1944

Events

Event Location Date Description

Delivered

Cheyenne, WY, USA 6 February 1944

Assigned

Deopham Green, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18, UK 16 March 1944 452nd BG

Revisions

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Associated missions from 452nd Bomb Group Association.

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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- 452nd Bomb Group Assoc.;
- Leslie R Camp is my wives grandfather. Told me by word of mouth. He was the ball turret gunner on Woolf's original crew.

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Contributor466thHistorian
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B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

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Contributor466thHistorian
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B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

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ContributorPete
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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