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"Some of the crew who bailed out of the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Channel Express' of the 401st Bomb Group landed at an Army Territorial Service camp where they received a hearty welcome. Here, ATS Sgt. J. Connolly from Liverpool, England, gives a cigarette to Sgt Scicchitano who is standing behind S/Sgt William B Flynn. To the extreme right is Capt H H Hardesty. England 23-Dec-4."



  • 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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron


  • William Flynn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD. Amongst his missions had several close calls. ...

  • Frank Scicchitano

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD ...


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2019 14:53:59 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations