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42-39985

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Walla Walla 10/11/43; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 23/3/44 with Bob Brennon, Co-pilot: Lyle Mower, Navigator: Henry Schaeffer, Bombardier: Dick Thompson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Brown, Waist gunner: John Engerman, Waist gunner: Henry Bean,Tail gunner: Walton Purcell (8 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Morris Weltzienchute failed, Ball turret gunner: Euel Drakeflak fragment (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Rengerhausen, Einbeck, 15 miles SE of Hameln, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3551.

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

  • 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

  • Harry Bean

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39985 crashed SE of Hamelin, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Brennan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39985 crashed SE of Hamelin, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

  • William Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39985 crashed SE of Hamelin, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Euel Drake

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39985 crashed SE of Hamelin, GR after the crew baled out. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Engeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-39985 crashed SE of Hamelin, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Orson Mower

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39985 crashed SE of Hamelin, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walton Purcell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39985 crashed SE of Hamelin, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Schaefer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-39985 crashed SE of Hamelin, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Thompson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39985 crashed SE of Hamelin, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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 23 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2018 22:11:24 Pete Changes to media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2016 01:47:02 johndrake Changes to nicknames
Sources

Euel T. Drake was in this aircraft when it went down. He is my uncle. Was crew member John Engerman, not John Engeman? I don't know this for sure, but please check regarding John Engerman/Engeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3551 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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