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"Mission accomplished ! leaving the Nazi target at Chateaudun, France, in smoke and flames, Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the 452nd Bomb Group starts the long journey back to England, 28 March 1944. Heavy bombers of the 8th Air Force continually blasted at every operational enemy factory, oil refinery and airfield."

- B-17G 42-39902 'Big Noise' 730BS, 452BG, 8AF.



  • 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...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-39902 'The Big Noise'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 8/10/43; Walla Walla 7/11/43; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 5/1/44; returning from Zwickau 12/5/44 with Bill Denham, (9 Returned to Duty); Waist gunner: Clarry Harmon (POW- misunderstood instructions and bailed out early); sal...


  • 8th Air Force 283

    28 March 1944
    A force of 450 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions is despatched to bomb the German E-Boat pens at Ijmuiden, Holland and German airfields in France. Mission Summary follows: ...


Date Contributor Update
19 June 2018 18:58:48 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2018 18:40:48 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations