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"Jack Lee crew of the 8th AF's 398th Bomb Group by their B-17 'Ole Blood-N-Guts', at their Base in England, 5 August 1944."

Rear L-R : 1Lt Stephen 'Steve' Devlin, 1Lt John 'Jack' Lee, 2Lt Richard 'Dick' Blackledge, T/Sgt George Flood

Front L-R : S/Sgt Carl Kircher, S/Sgt Stanely 'Stan' Kolodziej, S/Sgt Melvin Cohn, T/Sgt Thomas "The Apache" Terrell



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...


  • Richard Blackledge

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot
    Air medal; Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Melvin Cohn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
    Shot down 2 November 1944 in B-17 #42102562 'Knockout. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Stephen Devlin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    air medal; Oak Leaf Cluster

  • George Flood

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Air medal

  • Carl Kircher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret
    Air Medal

  • Stanley Kolodziej

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Lee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Air medal

  • Thomas Terrell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Assigned to 603BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM(OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 42-107078

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/2/44; Rapid City 17/2/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-U] Nuthampstead 25/4/44; battle damaged Merseburg 21/11/44 with Hyndman; force landed AOC Belgium, 21/11/44. Salvaged ASC 28/11/44; OLE BLOOD-N-GUTS.


Date Contributor Update
09 January 2019 09:24:55 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2019 09:20:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations