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Lewis P Ensign


Commanding Officer, 398th Bomb Group, 25th January to 17th April 1945.

Assigned from the 91st Bomb Group (H) as replacement Group Commander after Col. Frank P Hunter Jr. was KIA on the 23rd January mission to Neuss, Germany.

Lt. Col. Ensign left the 398th Bomb Group in order to return home to see his terminally ill Father.

Lt.Col. Ensign led the 398th Bomb Group on February 14th, 1945, when they bombed Prague instead of Dresden.


Units served with

  • 1st Combat Bomb Wing
  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb 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 Allies...

  • 602nd Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Born Boise, Idaho 16 October 1914
Died 17 August 2000
Buried San Antonio National Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
14 October 2021 19:57:47 Hotelie1970 Changes to service number, role and awards

GENERAL ORDER # 614, 12 December 1944, from Headquarters 1 Bomb Division by Brigadier General Turner.

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2016 09:46:30 emma simpson Changes to highest rank

Appointed Commanding Officer of the 398th Bombardment Group on January 29, 1945.

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2016 09:42:49 emma simpson Changes to unit associations

Before assuming his duties as Lt. Col in 1945, he also served as Deputy Air Commander of the 91st Heavy Bombardment Group, and later as Air Executive of the 1st Combat Wing.

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2014 11:48:19 Ozzie Changes to biography

I have corrected the biography of Lewis P. Ensign.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:53 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / relative, Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Leonard Streitfeld p.160