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James M Johnson's Crew - 398th Bomb Group, 600th Squadron - 6 August 1944 in front of Madame X (A/C 42-97374)

Standing, L to R: Cpl. Robert Braun (Ball Turret), Lt. Don D Aver (Navigator), Lt. William Woodcock (Bombardier), F/O Ted Novey (Co-Pilot) Lt. James M Johnson (Pilot)
Kneeling L to R: Cpl. Forest Beighle (Tail Gunner), Cpl. James Moore (Engineer), Cpl. David Daniels (Radio), S/Sgt. Frank E Lewis (Waist Gunner)



  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb 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...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron


  • Donald Aver

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-17 Navigator
    Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Robert Braun

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-17 Ball Turret Gunner
    air medal

  • David Daniels

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-17 Radio Operator
    Oak Leaf Cluster

  • James Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot
    Flew 36 missions out of Nuthampstead between July and December 1944. Shot down September 9th in B-17 43-37509 over Mannheim and crash landed in France. The crew made their way to Paris and then returned to Nuthampstead to resume flying. Johnson’s...

  • Frank Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant
    air medal

  • James Moore

    Military | Sergeant

  • William Woodcock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-17 43-38463; Shot down Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11145 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 42-97374 Madame X

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/2/44; Kearney 17/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-X] Nuthampstead 27/4/44; crashed on take off with Leland Zimmerman 24/12/44, all crew OK; Salvaged by 71MU at Slough, Bucks. MADAM X.


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
22 February 2019 11:32:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

398th Bomb Group Collection via Nuthampstead Airfield Museum. Museum object reference number: USB1-110

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 17:15:20 jimjohnson22 Created entry with caption and person associations