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Dale N Zimmerman


Assigned to 731BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Jan-45 in B-17 43-37745 'Lacka Shaky. ' Interned in Sweden.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Edward Betts

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    35 combat missions completed from 30 July 1944 to 17 January 1945. On mission #20 to Merseberg, 17 October 1944, forced landing in France; lost 3 engines. On mission #35 to Hamburg, 17 January 1945, fighter attacks shot up gas tanks; loss of fuel;...

  • Luis Coppola

    Military | Captain | Pilot on B-17 | 379th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 731st Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37745 'Mug Wump'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 19/6/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 17/1/45 with Ed Betts, Co-pilot: Jim Curren, Navigator: Norman Hartung, Bombardier: Donovan Grivertti, Flight engineer...

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Chelan County, WA, USA 1925
Enlisted Spokane, WA, USA 16 July 1943
Based Deopham Green 1944 – 17 January 1945

Assigned to 731BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF.

Interned (INT) Sweden 17 January 1945 – June 1945

Shot down 17-Jan-45 in B-17 43-37745 'Lacka Shaky. ' Interned in Sweden.

Returned ZI United States July 1945

Returned to Zone of the Interior.


Date Contributor Update
23 February 2018 19:44:47 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11729 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database