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42-102393

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-R] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; 111m, Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45. DIANA QUEEN OF THE CHASE.

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Andrus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Blaugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew 30 missions with the last 9 missions in 'Diana Queen of the Chase' 42-102393. 'Lassie Come Home', 'Channel Express' and 'Hangover Haven' were each flown twice.

  • Douglas McKinnon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lloyd Nutter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

  • Francis Russell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George West

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5309. Awards: AM, PH

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Deenethorpe, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17, UK 16 April 1944

401st BG
612th BS

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2016 21:59:59 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

"B-17 Flying Fortress Story" - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2016 16:16:06 ram957 Changes to media associations
Sources

Fold3

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2016 16:15:39 ram957 Changes to media associations
Sources

Fold3

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2016 16:13:11 ram957 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Fold3

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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