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The Francis C. SMEDLEY crew.
Standing, left to right : 2nd Lt. John J. McGrath, navigator; 1st Lt. Francis C. Smedley, pilot; 2nd Lt. William J. Hewett, co-pilot; 2nd Lt. George D. Griffin, bombardier.
In front, from left to right : S/Sgt. John G. Brown, right waist gunner; T/Sgt. Norbert E. Rhodes, engineer/top turret gunner; S/Sgt. Raymond E. Dean, tail gunner; S/Sgt. Harry C. Shoffner, left waist gunner; T/Sgt. Andrew Senetsky, radio operator; S/Sgt. Robert A. Lalumiere, ball turret gunner (who had been replaced by S/Sgt James E. Gallagher for the 1 May 1944 mission) - USAAF photo.



  • 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


  • John Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    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
    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. ...

  • George Griffin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    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
    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'

  • John McGrath

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    19 missions. Shot down by flak 1 May 1944, Belgium. Bailed out. Pilot killed. Prisoner of War (POW) one year in Stalag Luft III. Plane was 'Sunrise Serenade' POW

  • Norbert Rhodes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    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
    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
    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....

  • Francis Smedley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 May 1944 in AC #4237949. Plane was 'Sunrise Serenade', rest of crew survived AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH



    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,...


  • 333

    1 May 1944


Date Contributor Update
03 November 2018 16:10:36 ED-BB Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations