Page 21 of the 401st Bomb Group unit history.
Many of the 8th Air Force Groups produced an unofficial unit history in the months after the war ended in Europe but before they were redeployed out of the ETO (European Theater of Operations).
Resembling a college yearbook, unit histories were an unofficial – and often tongue-in-cheek – record of the unit’s time based in the UK. They include photo montages showing different aspects of base life. Often the servicemen in the photos are unnamed. The American Air Museum hopes that by adding unit histories to the website as individual pages, the men in the photos will be identified and associated to their person entries. Many included lists of personnel and a mailing address, providing a means for servicemen to keep in contact with each other after the war. These lists are now incredibly useful records of where US airmen in England in 1945 called their home.
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...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commander
Original Commander of 613th Squadron, later Air Executive.
Military | Colonel | Original Deputy Commander
Assigned to 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 457BG, 8AF USAAF.
Military | Second Lieutenant
Probably transferred to 401st Bomb Group as Group Radar Officer?
Military | Captain | Group Weather Officer - 18th Weather Detachment
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot, Air Executive
Completed 5 x combat missions with 303BG. Transferred to 401BG.
Awards: Croix de Guerre (Palmleaf), DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME(4 battle stars).