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Robert E. Brown's Crew.
Back row: (L-R):
Sgt. Richard W. Catterlin, Radio Operator,
2nd Lt. Edward C. Looker, Bombardier,
2nd Lt. Leslie L. Colen, Navigator,
2nd Lt. Ernest O. Andrews, Co-pilot,
2nd Lt. Robert E. Brown, Pilot.

Front row: (L-R)
Cpl. Charles W. Dufar, Ball Turret Gunner,
Cpl. Clayton E. Johnson, Tail Gunner,
Cpl. John P. Mallon, Waist Gunner,
Sgt. James E. Chandler, Engineer.

Photo taken on 4th August 1944.



  • 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


  • Ernest Andrews

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot
    air medal

  • Robert Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    air medal

  • Richard Catterlin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    air medal

  • James Chandler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Killed in Action (KIA). 398th History, Vol II reports his casulty on 10 Sept 1944 on Stutgart Germany mission. air medal

  • Leslie Colen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    air medal

  • Charles Dufur

    Military | Sergeant
    398th History, Vol II lists him as being in the 600 BS in Sept 1944. air medal

  • Clayton Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    air medal

  • Edward Looker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • John Mallon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    398th History, Vol II lists him as being in the 600th BS in Sept 1944 air medal


  • 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
05 December 2016 16:39:09 Lucy May Changes to caption and person associations

Corrected the caption so that it is in line with the 398th Bomb Group website record:

Alerted to this inaccuracy by the grandson of Richard W Catterlin

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2016 14:47:36 emma simpson Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

398th Bomb Group Collection via Nuthampstead Airfield Museum.