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42-37954

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 25/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 729BS/452BG [M3- ] Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Henry Wilson, Co-pilot: Jim Boren, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Chaisson, Radio Operator: Gene Lutz, Ball turret gunner: Dick Gibson, Waist gunner: Gerald Elliott, Waist gunner: Gil Lucero,Tail gunner: Merland McDowell (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Frank Krezel, Bombardier: Bob Abrams (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Toeppel, two miles NW of Zerbst, SE of Magdeburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3192. PAPER DOLL aka HANK FROM DIXIE.

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...

  • 729th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Abrams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37954 'Hank from Dixie'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Boren

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37954 'Hank from Dixie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Chiasson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37954 'Hank from Dixie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gerald Elliott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37954 'Hank from Dixie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Gibson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37954 'Hank from Dixie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW Awarded Purple Heart

  • Frank Krezel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37954 'Hank from Dixie'. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Gilberto Lucero

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37954 'Hank from Dixie'. Prisoner of War (POW). He was placed into a German prison camp and was treated like the Jews. He would stand in a line and watch lower ranked...

  • Eugene Lutz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37954 'Hank from Dixie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Merland McDowell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37954 'Hank from Dixie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Wilson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37954 'Hank from Dixie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 8 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2019 18:36:10 CallyBoatwright452ndBGA Changes to nicknames
Sources

Carolyn 'Cally' Boatwright

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3192 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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