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Placido B Andrade


Placido was one of 5 sons of Placido and Diluvina Andrade, a 5-Blue Star Family from Los Angeles, CA. Placido and his brothers, Albert-USA, Leonard-USA, Alfred-USA, and Danny-USN, all served during World War II. Placido was an original crew member of 'Our Buddy' a B-17 of the 452nd Bomb Group and flew 30 aerial combat missions during the first half of 1944, including 2 missions on D-Day.



  • Thetus Odom

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer | 452nd Bomb Group
    Col. Odom was CO 452nd BG at DEOPHAM GREEN 3 March 44 – 24 July 44. He was acting Group Leader 11 April 1944 towards Rostock when A/C #42-39995 ‘COW TOWN BOOGIE’ had to make a forced landing in Sweden.

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Units served with

  • 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



    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 730BS/452BG [6K-Q] Deopham Green 4 January 1944 - Missing in Action - Mission to marshalling yards in Metz, France (primary target); shot down over Brussels after bombing the secondary target,...

  • 42-38145 Rosalie Ann II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 27 December 1943 - Denver ...

  • 42-39972 Our Buddy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 23/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 18/1/44, Missing in Action Misburg 31/12/44 with Jack Money, Radio Operator: Frank Machen, Ball turret gunner: Don Lester, Waist gunner: Gerald Stimmel, Tail gunner:...

  • 42-39973 Inside Curve

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 22/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 730BS/452BG [6K-S] Deopham Green 4/1/44. ...


    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-B] Gt Ashfield 15/3/44; transferred 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 16/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Howard Morehouse, Co-pilot: Jim Fitzpatrick,...

  • 42-97528 Mary's Sister

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; Grenier 29/1/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 9/2/44; battle damaged Frankfurt 5/1/45 with Jim Ruether, Co-pilot: Ray Helminiak, Radio Operator: Ray Ward (3 RTD – all WIA); Navigator: H.W. Swanson,...

  • 42-97780 "NOW GO!" aka "Blue Bomb Express"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Denver 2/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 19/4/44 NOW GO!; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-R] Deenethorpe 28/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10...

  • 42-39970 E-Rat-Icator

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Only B-17 to arrive with 452nd BG in England and return to the US serving the entire tour of the group. 120 recorded bombing missions and 138 recorded take-offs. Survived the war. Was originally the aircraft of the Jack Mitsch Crew. ...


  • 353

    12 May 1944

Associated Place

  • 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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04 June 2019 03:56:03 jjandrade Changes to biography

Source - Andrade Family.

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23 January 2019 12:41:35 Emily Changes to aircraft associations

Associated aircraft added to associated media by Andrade's relatives

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26 November 2018 18:14:14 jjandrade Changes to person associations and media associations


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26 March 2015 16:56:03 jjandrade Changes to nickname, highest rank, biography, awards, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations


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27 September 2014 18:21:33 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia