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42-102572

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [N] Deopham Green 30/4/44; Missing in Action Karlsruhe 27/5/44 with Milton Mard, Co-pilot: Joe Atlas, Navigator: Tom McDonald, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Boyce, Waist gunner: Sam Young,Tail gunner: Martin Smith (6 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Walton Wiggins, Radio Operator: Royce Heath, Ball turret gunner: Joe Garbish, Waist gunner: John Chuck (4EVD- walked into Switzerland); flak damage followed by enemy aircraft attack KOd an engine, crash landed Avoudrey, 19 miles SE of Besancon, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 5301. WHY WORRY II.

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...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Atlas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102572. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Boyce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297094 'Why Worry. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102572. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Chuck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102572. Evaded.

  • Joseph Garbish

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102572. Evaded.

  • Royce Heath

    Military | Private | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Milton Mard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97094 'Why Worry'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Shot down 27-May-44 in B-17 42-102572. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas McDonald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Martin Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297094 'Why Worry. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102572. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walton Wiggins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102572. Evaded.

  • Sam Young

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102572, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 27 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2018 14:27:44 jeffmard Changes to description
Sources

I am Milton Mard's grandson. Happy to provide documentation from his service medals and DFC awarded for the mission celebrated in this monument. Thank you.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2017 14:26:38 Pete Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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 5301 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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