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Neil H Schrader


B-17 navigator First Lieutenant Neil 'Dutch' Schrader served with the 398th Bomb Group based at Podington and later at Nuthampstead.

'Dutch' Schrader joined the US Army in 1941, and initially served with the infantry. He was sent to England in April 1944 and flew 10 combat missions as a navigator from Podington, Bedfordshire and Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire and Essex. Ill-health led to his transfer to another job in Air-Sea Rescue, and he left the forces after the war ended. He went on to become a Professor of English and taught at Hiram College in his native state of Ohio from 1955 until his death in 1961.


Units served with

  • 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 Allied...

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...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...


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14 August 2018 10:32:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

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30 September 2014 09:59:51 PhillWray Changes to nickname, role, biography and place associations

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398th History / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia