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44-8634

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 9/11/44; Grenier 3/12/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 6/12/44; Bombardier: Lt Emanuel Agnello Killed in ActionHamburg 17/1/45; Missing in Action Kaltenkirchen 7/4/45 with Dabney Sharp, Co-pilot: Capt Doug Anderson, Navigator: Carroll Gierde, Bombardier: Sgt Joe Stanfield, Ball turret gunner: Jack Basor, rcm-Bob Pearce, Waist gunner: Ellwood Fream,Tail gunner: John Halbritter (8 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Arris Stephenson, Radio Operator: Ralph DeCelle (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KOd #4, crashed Heide, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 14184. IDA WANNA.

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Aircraft

  • 44-8634 Ida Wanna

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 9/11/44; Grenier 3/12/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 6/12/44; Bombardier: Lt Emanuel Agnello Killed in ActionHamburg 17/1/45; Missing in Action Kaltenkirchen 7/4/45 with Dabney Sharp, Co-pilot: Capt Doug Anderson, Navigator:...

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...

  • 731st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Louis Abdallah

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | waist gunner, toggelier, B-17 | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Emanuel Agnello

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flack on 17 January 1945 on mission over Hamburg . Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Douglas Anderson

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Jack Basor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed near Bredstedt. B-17

  • Robert Beard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Ralph Decelle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Ellwood Fream

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Hubert Gazaway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Carroll Gierde

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Carroll Gjerde

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster. Lost at Sea. 'Ida Wanna" had one wing flaming, and one engine feathered. Plane was apparently headed for Sweden when it blew, landing in the sea near Heide, off Holland. T/Sgt. Ralph DeCelle, RO, and T/Sgt. Arvis Stephenson...

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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 7 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2020 21:09:31 Pete Changes to nicknames
Sources

Pete

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 21:29:37 JTaylor Changes to person associations
Sources

This B-17G, nicknamed IDA WANNA, had the crew who sadly went down with her as the only ones listed. I added the first crew who completed 35 missions in her to the connections. Of that group, only the Bombardier, Emanuel Agnello, was lost in action.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 21:17:46 JTaylor Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

A few minor updates via Jon Taylor - Jack Taylor's son.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 14184 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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