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Francis Betenson is Knelt Front row, Left.



  • 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...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron


  • Francis Betenson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed NW of Berlin on a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31341 'Breaks of the Game'. Prisoner of War (POW). Francis Betenson is the left hand most man kneeling


  • 42-31341

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/10/43; Gr Island 6/11/43; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 3/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 4/3/44 with Art Mittman, Co-pilot: Francis Betenson, Navigator: Byron Dillingham, Bombardier: Ralph Karkow, Ball turret gunner: John...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
04 March 2021 21:48:56 RayWells Changes to caption and person associations

Info from his son Dixie Brent Betenson

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2021 15:06:38 Pete Created entry with unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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