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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 30/9/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Memphis 6/11/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-N] Deenethorpe 24/12/43; battle damaged Bordeaux 31/12/43, with Scribner Dailey, rest unknown (10 Returned to Duty); crash landed Kimbolton; Salvaged 4/1/44. FANCY NANCY II.



  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb 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


  • Scribner Dailey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Emanuel Pinilis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions, ETD. Awards: WWII Victory. EAME.


  • 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...

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


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Date Contributor Update
08 June 2018 17:37:48 cgilv99 Changes to description


Date Contributor Update
17 June 2017 19:19:03 Paul Bellamy Changes to unit associations and place associations

401BG unit histories

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2016 14:28:38 lritger Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames

Photo via Ebay

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest

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