Assigned to 730th Squadron.
First mission, of thirty-three combat missions, was on 28 March, 1944. The 452nd BG were to bomb German occupied airfield, Chateaudun, France. A combined force of 191 B-17's from 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 452BG left from England to bomb 2 airfield and shipyards. Passionate Witch II #42-32082 and Kickapoo Joy Juice #42-97200 from the 452nd BG both received direct hits by flak. #42-32082 right wing broke off and spun out of control. #42-97200 broke apart and exploded. There were total of seven survivors.
On 12 April 1944 #42-31334 had a mechanical fault en route to target, aircraft stalled and broke up, ditched in the North Sea, off Clacton, Essex. Pilot, Leland Evers; Navigator, Jules Jacobs; Bombardier, Gene Tully; Radio Operator, Stan Folcik (body was found in Channel 26/6/44 and buried, Brookwood, UK); Ball turret gunner, Fred Barnes; and Tail gunner, Bob Langheier (all 6 Killed in Action).
Flight engineer/top turret gunner Bob Givens plunged 12,000 feet before his ‘chute opened. 4 Returned (RTD) - Co-pilot, Ed Kaminsky; Waist gunner, Willis Junnila; Waist gunner, Matt Hunter and Givens - picked up by RAF Walrus L2289 of 277 Sqd off Orfordness, Suffolk.
Missing Air Crew Report 3933. "THREE CADS AND A LAD".
Kaminski witnessed both devastating experiences which will be forever in his memory. He returned home September 1944.
Units served with
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Vandalia 21/10/43; Bunker Hill 10/11/43; Denver 20/11/43; Gt Falls 10/12/43; Nutts Corner (Belfast) 5/1/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG [6K- ] Deopham Green 6/1/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 12/4/44 with Leland Evers, Navigator: Jules Jacobs,...
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:
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...
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