Page 107 of the 401st Bomb Group unit history.
Many of the 8th Air Force Groups produced an unofficial unit history in the months after the war ended in Europe but before they were redeployed out of the ETO (European Theater of Operations).
Resembling a college yearbook, unit histories were an unofficial – and often tongue-in-cheek – record of the unit’s time based in the UK. They include photo montages showing different aspects of base life. Often the servicemen in the photos are unnamed. The American Air Museum hopes that by adding unit histories to the website as individual pages, the men in the photos will be identified and associated to their person entries. Many included lists of personnel and a mailing address, providing a means for servicemen to keep in contact with each other after the war. These lists are now incredibly useful records of where US airmen in England in 1945 called their home.
Richard Kaufman served as a pilot with the 401st Bomb Group out of Deenthorpe, England. He flew 31 missions from 12/01/1943, mission #2, to 07/08/1944, mission #106.
On 11 December 1943, he was flying B-17#42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' when it was hit by flak over the target and attacked by fighters.
Thinking it was 'game over', he order the crew to bail out. Four bailed out over Holland and three near the Frisian Isles.
In the end though, he and Bob Fitzgerald, the bombardier, were able to bring the aircraft back to England and landed it at RAF Lindholme.
Retired from the USAF in 1970 with the rank of Colonel
Units served with
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 2/10/32; Scott 25/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-B] Deenethorpe 30/10/43;
Military site : airfield
Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...
|Returned to Duty (RTD)
||HMP Lindhome, Bawtry Road, Hatfield, Doncaster DN7 6EE, UK
||11 December 1943
Then RAF Lindholme