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42-39936

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 12/10/43; Walla Walla 11/10/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 31/12/43; Missing in Action Warnemunde 9/4/44 with Carroll Boyd, Co-pilot: Elmer Julius, Navigator: Bill Abernathy, Bombardier: Bill Craighead, Waist gunner: Ray Raley, Waist gunner: Jim Parker (6 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Hopper (Wounded in Action), Radio Operator: Tim Nunan, Ball turret gunner: Bernie Brand, Tail gunner: Oather Meese (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Meltofte, near Maribo, Den. Missing Air Crew Report 3662. BAR FLY.

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

  • William Abernathy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39936. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Carroll Boyd

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39936, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bernard Brand

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39936, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Craighead

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39936, Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Charles Hopper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39936, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elmer Julius

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39936, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Oather Meese

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39936, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Timothy Nunan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39936, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Parker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39936, Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Raymond Raley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39936, Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

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 9 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2020 18:32:48 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2018 18:29:52 Pete Changes to media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2016 19:58:59 Alex-5872-dk Changes to nicknames
Sources

www.angelfire.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3662 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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