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Page 231 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.



  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb 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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron


  • Francis Berard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner / Top Turret Gunner
    Crashed at Jouldes on 6/19/44 in B-17 'Channel Express III'. ...

  • William Massey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Crashed at Jouldes on 6/19/44 in B-17 'Channel Express III'. 19 missions. Shot down on 19th mission at Bordeaux on 19 June 1944. Picked up by French Underground. Evaded (EVD). Got back to England 5 September 1944. ...

  • Lewis Stelljes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Crashed at Jouldes on 6/19/44 in B-17 'Channel Express III' 42-40050 EVADER


  • 42-40050 Channel Express III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 16/11/43; Gr Island 4/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; Prestwick, UK 15/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Bordeaux 19/6/44 with Bill Massey, Bombardier: Lew Stelljes, Flight engineer/top turret...


Date Contributor Update
12 July 2017 14:07:39 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption and unit associations

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