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"Men beginning to clear away the wreckage of a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" of the 401st Bomb Group. The plane, taking off from an 8th Air Force base in England for a mission over Enemy-Occupied territory, was unable to lift its heavy bomb load and crashed into an unoccupied house near the village of Deenethorpe, England. 5-Dec-43."



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 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...


  • 42-39825 Zenobia El Elephante

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 12/9/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-M] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; aircraft stalled & crashed on take off and exploded 5/12/43, with Walter Keith, Co-pilot: Wardlaw Hammond, Navigator: Carl Floto (inj), Bombardier: John...


Date Contributor Update
11 January 2019 11:37:39 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations