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Herbert O Wangeman


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

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    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...

  • 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...

  • 729th Bomb Squadron


  • 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,...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Falfurias, TX 30 June 1909
Prisoner of War Barth, Germany 8 February 1944 – 1 May 1945

Stalag Luft 1


Date Contributor Update
23 January 2022 03:40:45 jmoore43 Changes to place associations

Added an association to Stalag Luft 1 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

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23 April 2021 17:04:06 Changes to biography

Herb .

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23 April 2021 17:00:58 Changes to biography

Personal chats with Herb .

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15 April 2021 16:02:37 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

1999 Unit Roster, MACR 2520, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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15 April 2021 14:36:46 Changes to biography

Personal interaction with Herb .

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16 March 2021 15:49:45 Changes to highest rank and biography

Personal meetings with Herbert .

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18 February 2021 17:34:23 Changes to nickname

Herbert (Herb ) Wangerman.
Personal conversation -With John O'Brien .

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16 January 2019 17:28:46 jimmygil Changes to service number, role, events and unit associations

DOB - obituary in VC STar
305th service - military records
POW - military records

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27 September 2014 18:12:55 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 2520 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database