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Howard F. Traeder's Crew. Back row: (L-R) Frederick C. Bradley-Engineer/TT Gunner, Joseph Reveman-Radio Operator/Gunner, Andrew F. Fay-Gunner/Togglier, John J. "Jake" Miller-Waist Gunner, William H. Jones-Tail Gunner, Franklin J. Scherer-Ball Turret Gunner. Front row: (L-R) 2nd Lt. Howard F. Traeder-Pilot, 2nd Lt. Quentin H. McMurray-Co-pilot, 2nd Lt. Ernie DeLaurenzo-Bombardier. (2nd Lt. Marv Blancett-Navigator is missing from photo). Photo was taken on 17th October 1944 at Alexandria Army Air base during training.



  • 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...

  • 601st Bomb Squadron


  • Frederick Bradley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    My Dad flew with the Howard Traeder crew, 24 missions from 1/45 to 4/45 24th mission was supposed to be a milk run however it didn't turn out that was. The 398th's B-17's were caarrying highly sensitive RDX bombs. One plane accidently salvoed their...

  • Andrew Fay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner/Togglier

  • Quentin McMurray

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Member of H. Traeder's crew and crashed on 29 Dec 44, on take off, at Bluie West 1, in Greenland. All got out alive

  • John Miller

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Joseph Reveman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner

  • Franklin Scherer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Howard Traeder

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Completed 24 missions before war ended


  • 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
15 September 2016 13:46:18 emma simpson Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

398th Bomb Group Collection via Nuthampstead Airfield Museum.