Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Dow Fd 19/4/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-Z] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; transferred 602BS [K8-Z]; (17m) Missing in Action Toulouse 25/6/44 with John Godwin, Co-pilot: Bill Freeman, Bombardier: Ed Seward, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Merrill Butikofer, Radio Operator: John Wilson, Ball turret gunner: Herb Brooks, Waist gunner: Chester Isdahl,Tail gunner: Frank Jenkins (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Harry Gnesin (KIA-chute failed); flak, crashed Comebarrion, six miles NW Toulouse, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 6220.
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...
Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
Prisoner of War (POW)/ shot down by flak and crashed at Comebarrion on 6/25/44 in B-17 42-102463
Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
Killed in Action (KIA) shot down by flak and crashed at Comebarrion in B-17 #42-102463. Reported a Prisoner of War (POW) 18 Sept 1944
Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
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...
|Failed to Return (FTR)
||25 June 1944