452nd Bomb Group

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The insignia of the 452nd Bomb Group.

Object Number - FRE 5186 - The insignia of the 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 bombed coastal defences before the landings. The 452nd Group was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for bombing a jet fighter base at Kaltenkirchen, northern Germany, on 7 April 1945, under intense pressure from enemy fighters and anti-aircraft flak.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 452nd Bomb Group 729th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-22805
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot/Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Group commander
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Staff
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: US Strategic Air Forces 452nd Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Deopham Green 1944-01-03 - 1945-08-05

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 731st Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 728th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 731st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O786212
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 728th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17166412
  • Highest Rank: Corporal
  • Role/Job: Airplane Mechanic
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 730th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Cest La Guerre
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 729th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 729th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Lovely lady
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 729th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Aint Miss Behavin II
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 728th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Why Worry II
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 728th Bomb Squadron

Mission

Revisions

Date17 May 2015 19:52:14
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date17 May 2015 19:39:27
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date17 May 2015 19:37:53
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date17 May 2015 19:16:02
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date13 Mar 2015 15:19:39
Contributorrossingtonj
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Type added.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:45
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983). / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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