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42-97200

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/2/44; Gr Island 21/2/44; Presque 12/3/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 22/3/44; Missing in Action Chateaudun 28/3/44 with Chas Robinson, Co-pilot: Cliff Downen, Navigator: Chas Morgan, Bombardier: Bill Harrison, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Melvin Baughman, Ball turret gunner: Oscar McClure (6 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Conrad Desmarais, Waist gunner: Morris Anderson, Waist gunner: Bill Abbott,Tail gunner: Dallas Oliver (4 Prisoner of War); flak hit and exploded at radio room, where r-op was blown out of aircraft, while Anderson bailed after dropping 12,000 ft in tail section before fixing his ‘chute; crashed a mile from Chateaudun A/Fd, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 3489. KICKAPOO JOY JUICE.

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 Abbott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak over the target of Chateaudon airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97200 broke apart, exploded, and crashed S of the target. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Morris Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak over the target of Chateaudon airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97200 broke apart, exploded, and crashed S of the target. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Melvin Baughman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak over the target of Chateaudon airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97200 broke apart, exploded, and crashed S of the target. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Conrad Desmarais

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Conrad N. Desmarais, 92, of Fall River, formerly of 346 County St., husband of Gilberte E. “Gibby” (Leblanc) Desmarais, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013. ...

  • Clifford Downen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak over the target of Chateaudon airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97200 broke apart, exploded, and crashed S of the target. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Harrison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak over the target of Chateaudon airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97200 broke apart, exploded, and crashed S of the target. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Oscar McClure

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak over the target of Chateaudon airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-97200 broke apart, exploded, and crashed S of the target. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Morgan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak over the target of Chateaudon airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97200 broke apart, exploded, and crashed S of the target. Killed in Action (KIA). AM /PH

  • Dallas Oliver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak over the target of Chateaudon airfield, France on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-97200 broke apart, exploded, and crashed S of the target. Prisoner of War. POW

  • Charles Robinson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak over the target of Chateaudon airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97200 broke apart, exploded, and crashed S of the target. Killed in Action (KIA).

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Austria 28 March 1944

MACR 3489
mission to Chateaudun

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2018 03:10:54 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

From aircraft record card

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2016 19:10:15 keatinglyn Changes to nicknames and events
Sources

Missing Planes of the 452nd Bomb Group, 3rd Edition, compiled by Edward Hinrichs

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3489 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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