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"Menzel's crew of the 8th AF's 398th Bomb Group by their B-17 at their base in England, 20 July 1944."

Rear L-R: 1Lt Arnold Raymond Menzel, 1Lt Charles P Bagley, Lt Frederick Thomas Nissen, 1Lt Norman Edward Kottke, T/Sgt William B Sutton

Front L-R: T/Sgt James S O'Doherty, S/Sgt Richard E Fletcher, S/Sgt Robert W Craver, S/Sgt John L Zasa

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    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...

People

  • Charles Bagley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zeitz in B-17 43-38463; Shot down. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11145 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Robert Craver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Robert W. Craver was a Staff Sergeant in the Army during World War II. Robert resided in Monroe County, New York before enlisting on December 14, 1942. At the time of enlistment, Robert was 19 years old, had 2 years of high school education and was...

  • Richard Fletcher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zeitz in B-17 43-38463 ; Shot down. 30-Nov-44. Wounded in left leg by shrapnel, captured, being transferred to hospital at Hildburghausen, where his leg was amputated above the knee. Returned...

  • Norman Kottke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Misburg in B-17 42-97740 26-Nov-44; Baled out Oberschoenhagen, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11146 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arnold Menzel

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Promoted to Captain September 1944 Award: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frederick Nissen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James O'Doherty

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Sutton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner
    Flew 3 missions in lead plane. Tail section shot off during one mission. Bomb bay fuselage shot away on another mission. Flew 33 missions, first mission was Petermunde. ...

  • John Zasa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zeitz in B-17 43-38463 ; Shot down. 30-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11145 Awards: PH.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2019 19:40:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations
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