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42-102535

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 729BS/452BG Deopham Green [M3-Q] 8/4/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Mason Williams, Co-pilot: Clyde Wells, Bombardier: Bob Gamble, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Russ Blakely, Ball turret gunner: Verle Winger, Waist gunner: Joe Erserk, Tail gunner: Roman Fedak (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Marion Ward, Radio Operator: Lou Borella (2 Prisoner of War); flak hit caused explosion, crashed Lerchenau, near Munich, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 7751. LOVELY LADY.

Service

Units

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    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

People

  • Russell Blakely

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Munich in B-17 'Lovely Lady' #42-102535

  • Louis Borella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Munich on 7/31/44 in B-17 'Lovely Lady' #42-102535 POW

  • Joseph Ersek

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Munich in B-17 'Lovely Lady' #42-102535 Killed in Action (KIA) PH

  • Roman Fedak

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Munich in B-17 'Lovely Lady' PH

  • Robert Gamble

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Munich in B-17 'Lovely Lady' #42-102535

  • Marion Ward

    Military | Colonel | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Munich in B-17 'Lovely Lady' #42-102535 1950 B-29 Navigator over Korea also served in Vietnam

  • Clyde Wells

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by flak and crashed at Munich in B-17 Lovely Lady #42-102535

  • Mason Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Munich in B-17 'Lovely Lady' #42-102535

  • Verle Winger

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Munich in B-17 'Lovely Lady' #42-102535

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 31 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2020 03:48:05 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2018 19:58:43 Pete Changes to nicknames
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7751 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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