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Frank L Houston


Frank L Houston was a co-pilot with the lead crew of the 730th Bomb Squadron, 452nd bomb Group. He flew 30 missions then went into the Aphrodite project and was one of the pilots who actually bailed out and made it back home. He later became a senior air line pilot for Northwest Airlines.

His awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross and numerous others.


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


  • 42-3461

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/7/43; Dow Fd 29/7/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-S] Alconbury 23/8/43; transferred with Azon/Aphrodite duties, Knettishall 17/6/44; with Lt Frank L Houston & T/Sgt Willard D Smith of 452BG l/Wizernes 4/8/44.

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...


Event Location Date
Born Montana


Date Contributor Update
12 February 2015 11:10:53 rossingtonj Changes to biography, awards and place associations

IWM, Caption of FRE1808

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:06 AAM AAM ingest

1999 Unit Roster/Book Aphrodite: Desperate Mission by Jack Olsen / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia