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"Crew of the 401st Bomb Group beside the tail of their wrecked Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" (Aircraft No. 42-37835) at an 8th Air Force base** in England."

Rear L-R: 1Lt Louis J Majewski, 1Lt Stuart E Smith, 1Lt Victor S Reese, 1Lt Stanislaw R Chmura.

Front L-R: Sgt Harry C Parker, S/Sgt Harry W Hopkins, S/Sgt William B Flynn, S/Sgt Fred E McCawley.

** The plane crashed near the town of Washingley, Huntingtonshire.

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    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

People

  • Stanislaw Chmura

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • 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. ...

  • Calvin Hopkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Stuart Smith crew. 26 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Hopkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Louis Majewski

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Fred McCawley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Stuart Smith crew. 25 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Parker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Victor Reese

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Stuart Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD. Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. Landed with co-pilot on home base. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 42-37835 'Channel Express'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 16/9/43; Gt Falls 21/9/43; Scott 24/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 5/11/43; on return from Osnabruck was hit by bomb from above and abandoned 22/12/43 with Stuart Smith, Co-pilot: Stan Chmuro, Navigator: Vic Reese,...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2019 19:52:13 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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