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Samuel R. Watkin's Crew. Back row: (L-R) S/Sgt. Glenn Tueller-Waist gunner, S/Sgt. Jene Pricer-Togglier, S/Sgt. Jerry Manzi-Engineer, S/Sgt. Jack Dodson-Tail Gunner, S/Sgt. Lloyd Paris-Radio Operator. Front row: (L-R) S/Sgt. Francis Piha-Ball Turret Gunner, 1st Lt. Samuel R. Watkins-Pilot, W/O Haskell Schwartz-Navigator, 2nd Lt. Claude Wilson-Co-pilot. Photo taken on 20th February 1945.



  • 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


  • Jack Dodson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    35 missions November 1944 - April 1945 Air Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Jerry Manzi

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer

  • Lloyd Paris

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Francis Piha

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Jene Pricer

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier

  • Haskell Schwartz

    Military | Colonel | Navigator

  • Glenn Tueller

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Samuel Watkins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    35 missions: one to France (Metz) October 1944; 34 missions over Germany. AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Claude Wilson

    Military | Major | Pilot/Co-pilot


  • 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 14:26:32 emma simpson Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

398th Bomb Group Collection via Nuthampstead Airfield Museum.