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Page 111 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.

Connections

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    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...

People

  • Clarence Biggs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner; Radio Operator
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun'. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag 17 B POW, Air Medal-European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Battle Stars- Good Conduct Medal

  • Jack Duce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alvin Gould

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Warren Jumper

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eldon Leavitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Stephan Nason

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fred Ogburn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Leon Stann

    Military | Captain

  • Robert Wagner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
    Shot down by flak on a mission to Poix, France on 13 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31374 and crashed NW of Amiens, FR after 5 crewman baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Herbert Willman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

Locations

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2017 13:55:04 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption and unit associations
Sources

An original copy of the 401st Bomb Group unit history in IWM’s Roger Freeman Collection, printed in 1946.

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