5 April 1944: Ball turret gunner SSGT Roland Clark of the 452nd Bomb Group touches up the nose art of "Dog Breath" (B-17G 42-31330) following battle damage repairs. While still in training in Pyote, Texas, the crew spent time at a local bar. Pilot Herman “Butch” Beuchat would often have trouble getting his copilot Everett Phillips out of bed the next morning. Once Beuchat tried to wake Phillips, and Phillips blew in his face. Beuchat replied "Man, you have dog breath” - and the nose art was born.
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...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
Flew on B-17 'Dog Breath' part of Pinson's Crew
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 22/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z-O] Deopham Green 3/1/44; return from mission 26/3/44 with Herman Beuchat, Co-pilot: Everett Phillips, Navigator: Capt Art Miller, Bombardier: Bob Davis, Bombardier: Lt Jack...
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...