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43-37889

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-B] Nuthampstead 16/7/44; repaired Missing in Action 21/11/44 with Brown & Genung, AOC, re-ass 24/11/44; (38m) Missing in Action Mannheim 20/1/45 with Jim Mitchell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Nelson Beyer (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Henry Skubik, Navigator: Byron Hughes, Bombardier: Evart Veech, Radio Operator: Chas Spear, Ball turret gunner: Island Brown, Waist gunner: Russell Dick,Tail gunner: Leon Mills (7 Prisoner of War); flak, force landed Mechtersheim, near Speyer, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 11797 [?11795].

Service

Units

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 601st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Nelson Beyer

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Bechtersheim in B-17 #4337889

  • Island Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Bechtersheim on 20 Jan 45 in B-17 #4337889. ...

  • Russell Dick

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Bechtersheim on 20 Jan 45 in B-17 #4337889

  • Byron Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group

  • Leonard Mills

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Bechtersheim on 20 Jan 45 in B-17 #4337889

  • James Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Bechtersheim in B-17 #4337889

  • Henry Skubik

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Enlisted into the US Army, tested and was accepted as a cadet, qualified as a pilot and officer in 1944. Flew 13 combat sorties on "Bedroom Eyes" until that a/c was damaged beyond repair. Henry then became the aircraft commander of "Black widow" for...

  • Charles Spear

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group

  • Evart Veech

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Bechtersheim on 20 Jan 45 in B-17 #4337889

  • Richard Windmueller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group

Places

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 20 January 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2016 10:47:48 emma simpson Changes to place associations
Sources

398th Bomb Group Collection via Nuthampstead Airfield Museum.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11797 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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