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Page 320 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...


  • Charles Aiken

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Aubrey Bradley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Brandenburg on 20 Apr 45 in B-17 'You All Right' 43-39125

  • Frank Carson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Pilot of "Homesick Angel" on 8th mission for th ecrew, 3 were injured, one seriously but they took out 3 German planes. The #2 engine was hit and #3 was running rough with only half power. Sgt Wm Matthies, radio operator, was hi

  • Richard Hubbell

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Julian Roadman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Pilot on 'Grin'n Bare It' Picked as youngest crew flying in the ETO.

  • Norman Sisson

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    35 missions over Germany. Aircraft 'Maiden USA,' 1944. SAC pilot, B-47, during Korean Conflict. DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH/ AM w/ 6 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Unit Citation


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
14 July 2017 14:17:27 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations

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