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B-17G-10-VE #42-39970 "E-Rat-Icator" Code: P
452nd Bomb Group - 730th Bomb Squadron
Photo taken upon return from her 100th mission. She survived the war.



  • 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...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron


  • Murray Byrd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Flew on the Big Week missions, the first Berlin raids and the D-Day missions. Flew the 21 June 1944 shuttle mission to Poltava Went to Auburn University on a football scholarship. Devoted to his wife Betty.

  • John Mitsch

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    flew on Ole Pete the Eraticator completed 18 missions then transferred to ops officer


  • 42-39970 E-Rat-Icator

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Only B-17 to arrive with 452nd BG in England and return to the US serving the entire tour of the group. 120 recorded bombing missions and 138 recorded take-offs. Survived the war. Was originally the aircraft of the Jack Mitsch Crew. ...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
23 December 2014 15:16:11 466thHistorian Changes to collection

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2014 15:10:23 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Murray Byrd via Chris Brassfield