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Picture after Frankfurt mission , (Feb 6th Feb 1944 ?) . Mission 452nd Heavy bombers out of Deopham green Norfolk .
A few days later "The Worry Bird " was Missing in Action around Frankfurt 8/2/44 with Earl Truex, Co-pilot: Lt Col Herb Wangeman,( Commanding Officer 452nd BG ), Bill Sumner, Bombardier: Vince Lanigan, Radio Operator: Chas McCarthy, Ball turret gunner: Ed Kunis, Waist gunner: Coleman Hill, Waist gunner: Chas Monday,Tail gunner: Lt Bill Crosman (9 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Arnold Pederson (EVD- ret UK 5/5/44); mech fault #3, crashed Fort-Movelle, near Goderville, SW of Pont Audemer, Fr; crew bailed about 15 miles S of Le Havre, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 2520. "The Worry Bird ".



  • 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...


  • Herbert Wangeman

    Military | Colonel | Pilot/Commanding Officer
    I am Proud Herb (1st C/O of the 452nd B-17 Heavy) , and all the military men and women that have got us to be the nation we are today . ...


  • 42-37946 Worry Bird

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/10/43; Walla Walla 7/11/43; Assigned 729th BS / 452nd BG ( M ) RAF Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 8/2/44 with Earl Truex, Co-pilot: Lt Col Herb Wangeman, Commanding Officer 452nd BG (not pictured): Bill Sumner,...


  • 8th Air Force 214

    8 February 1944
    1st Bomb Division: The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany are the primary target for a combined force of 120 B-17s from: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 382BG; and 482BG. 51 aircraft are effective on the target and another 39 attack...


  • 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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16 April 2021 14:41:31 Changes to caption

American Air Museum.

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16 April 2021 14:34:35 Changes to caption

American Air Museum.

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2021 15:56:45 Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

personal talks with Herbert Wangerman