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Some of the crew who bailed out of the "Channel Express" landed at an ATS camp where they received a hearty welcome. In photo above are left to right, front row: Sgt. Harry C Parker, S/Sgt. Calvin W Hopkins and A.T.S. Sgt. P. Haslam from Brockenhurst, England, who is admiring the fine silk in the parachute. Back row, left to right: A.T.S. Company Sgt. Major Walkingshaw, from Edinburgh, Scotland, gives S/Sgt. Fred E McCawley some tea. Behind McCawley is Sgt. Leonardo F Davies.

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

  • Leonardo Davies

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Failed to return (FTR) Berlin 8-May-44 in B-17 42-30855 'Ol' Massa'; A/C hit by flak behind ball turret. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4586 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2019 20:03:51 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations
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https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/28795

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