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Thetus C Odom


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.



  • Placido Andrade

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    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 ...

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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...

  • US Strategic Air Forces

    US Strategic Air Forces

    Eighth Air Force Headquarters became USSTAF in February 1944 and oversaw all Strategic Air Force activities in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theatre of Operations, particularly the operations of the Eighth and Fifteenth Air Forces.


  • 42-39995 COW TOWN BOOGIE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 29/10/43; Gr lsland 13/11/43; Assigned 731BS/452BG [7D- ] Deopham Green 9/12/43; Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Bob Schimmel, Co-pilot: Fred Newton, Navigator: Chas McKeag, Bombardier: Ralph Libby, Flight engineer/top...

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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21 March 2021 18:49:35 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

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11 September 2018 10:17:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations

WWII European Theatre Army Records, Roster of Key Officers, January 1945 via Fold 3

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02 April 2015 12:31:48 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations

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