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42-37949

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 23/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 730BS/452BG [6K-Q] Deopham Green 4 January 1944 - Missing in Action - Mission to marshalling yards in Metz, France (primary target); shot down over Brussels after bombing the secondary target, marshalling yards of the Schaerbeek Railway station in Brussels. Pilot Francis C. Smedley (KIA- when chute caught on horizontal stabilizer); Co-pilot: William J Hewett, Navigator: John J McGrath, Bombardier: George D Griffin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Norbert E Rhodes, Radio Operator: Andrew Senetsky, Ball turret gunner: James E Gallagher, Left Waist gunner: Harry C Shoffner, Right Waist gunner: John G Brown,Tail gunner: Raymond E Dean (8 men made Prisoners of War; Harry Shoffner evaded); flak KOd #2 and set fire to cockpit, crew bailed and aircraft crashed St Ulriks-Kapelle, seven miles NW of Brussels, Belgium; Missing Air Crew Report 4492. SUNRISE SERENADE.

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...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Placido Andrade

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Placido was one of 5 sons of Placido and Diluvina Andrade, a 5-Blue Star Family from Los Angeles, CA. Placido and his brothers, Albert-USA, Leonard-USA, Alfred-USA, and Danny-USN, all served during World War II. Placido was an original crew member of ...

  • John Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) shot down by flak on 1 May 44, 5 miles west of Brussels, parachuted out Plane was 'Sunrise Serenade'

  • Raymond Dean

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Flew twenty one missions. Shot down 1 May 1944 on 21st mission over Brussells, Belgium, in B-17 42-37949 'Sunrise Serenade. ' Pilot Francis Smedeley killed, others in German prison camp. Prisoner of War (POW) until liberated April 1945. ...

  • James Gallagher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) shot down by flak on 1 May 44, 5 miles west of Brussels, parachuted out. Plane was 'Sunrise Serenade'

  • John Grath

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group

  • George Griffin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) shot down on 1 May '44 by flak, 5 miles west of Brussels, parachuted out. Plane was 'Sunrise Serenade'

  • William Hewett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 1 May 44, 5 miles west of Brussels, hit by flak Parachuted from plane/Prisoner of War (POW). Plane was 'Sunrise Serenade'

  • Norbert Rhodes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) shot down on 1 May 44, 5 miles west of Brussels by flak, Parachuted out. Plane was 'Sunrise Serenade'

  • Andrew Senetsky

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 1 May 44, 5 miles west of Brussels, hit by flak, parachuted out, Prisoner of War (POW) Plane was 'Sunrise Serenade'

  • Harry Shoffner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Harry Shoffner was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 'Sunrise Serenade' 42-37949 when it was shot down by Flak over Belgium on 1 May 1944. He landed in parachute about 10km west of Brussels and was immediately helped by Belgian patriots and Résistance members....

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Missions

  • 333

    1 May 1944

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) Belgium 1 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2021 15:22:23 Pete Changes to markings
Sources

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10226105626732339&set=pcb.8692776038...

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 14:35:18 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, description, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4492
Roger Freeman's "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story"
Personal research about Left waist gunner S/Sgt Harry Shoffner for http://www.evasioncomete.org/fshoffnhc.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4492 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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