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"EYE FOR BEAUTY: The same eye that will soon operate instruments of death and destruction over Germany's open-air fortress is arrested, for the moment, in what might very well be an artist's conception of Forts soaring above fleecy clouds. Despite the absence of bombs, enemy combat, flak and the like, this photo is nonetheless authentic. These forts of the 8th AAF are a small fraction of the largest task force ever dispatched to attack enemy objectives recently over southwestern Germany."



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30855 "Ol' Massa"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/8/43; Gr Isle 3/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-N] Deenethorpe 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Dana Lenkelt, Co-pilot: Wendell Johnson, Bombardier: Harry Dershimer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jesse Pack, Radio...

  • 42-31090 'Nasty Habit'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Scott 3/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-L] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; battle damaged Pas de Calais 14/1/44 with Harry Piper, Co-pilot: George Hellmuth, Navigator: Jim Coventry, Bombardier: Ray Gipson, Flight engineer/top turret...


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07 October 2018 13:22:26 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations