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Lt. William E. Metzger



  • 452nd Bomb Group

    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...


  • William Metzger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Gave up his parachute to another crew member and remained with B-17 #42-97904 'Lady Jeannette' when a crew member was too badly wounded to bail out over enemy territory. Pilot 1st Lt. Donald Gott also stayed with the aircraft and was awarded the MOH...


  • 42-97904 Lady Jeannette

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 31/3/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Dow Fd 6/6/44; Assigned 729BS/452BG Deopham Green 7/6/44 WHY WORRY; Missing in Action Saarbrucken 9/11/44 with Donald Gott, Co-pilot: Bill Metzger, Radio Operator: Bob Dunlap, Tail gunner: Herman Krimminger (4...


  • 707

    9 November 1944


  • 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...


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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.