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 ".
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 .
Herb was a quiet man in his later years and loved the Army vs Navy football games .
Herb was interviewed by Kvta AM1520 on a live radio link .
Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation while returning to England after a mission to Frankfurt on 8 Feb 1944 .Plane B-17G # 42-37946 " Worry Bird". Crew abandoned a/c near Le Havre, France. Prisoner of War.
Units served with
The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...
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...
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,...
||30 June 1909
|Prisoner of War
||8 February 1944 – 1 May 1945
Stalag Luft 1