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42-106992

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 19/1/44; Dalhart 4/2/44; Presque 23/3/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; force landed continent 19/4/45; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/12/45. "BABY LU" aka GRIN ‘N BEAR IT.

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Aircraft

  • 42-106992 Baby Lu, Grin 'N Bear It

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/1/44; Dalhart 4/2/44; Presque 23/3/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; force landed continent 19/4/45; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold...

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Henry Compton

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Member of Julian Redman crew. Flew 35 missions. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Garry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    John T. Garry II, 93, who lived a long and full life, died peacefully on February 11, 2017, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born on December 12, 1923, in Albany, the son of the late Joseph A. Garry Sr. and...

  • Joseph Lependorf

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Joseph Lependorf flew 9 missions, from 1 March 1945, mission #219, to 30 March 1945, mission #239, all with Robert de Marco's crew.

  • Robert Pike

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Julian Roadman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Pilot on 'Grin'n Bare It' Picked as youngest crew flying in the ETO.

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
Delivered Denver, CO 19 January 1944
Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, UK 16 April 1944

401BG
612BS
SC-D

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2020 01:25:25 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events and unit associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b17_16.html

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2020 04:40:13 phil marchese Changes to aircraft associations, unit associations and media associations
Sources

Image conforms to AAM synopsis.

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2019 23:18:21 RayWells Changes to person associations
Sources

From Julian Roadman`s daughter Paula Mahaney via Facebook

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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