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George F Bingham

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat mission. ETD

"Lt George Bingham nursed "Hells Angels" back to England after the Oscherleben mission with the rudder handling useless, ordered 8 of the crew to bail out and then he and his co-pilot, Francis W Hoad landed with the plane on automatic pilot through a dense fog."

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), BM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF, fatal A/C crash with 1st Weather Group.

Service

People

  • Duane Brandt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 56 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Evere A/D in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'; Shot down, ditched in Channel, 3 miles W of Calais 10-Apr-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3939 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Johnny Dunn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer /Top Turret | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions, ETD. Awards: WWII Victory. EAME.

  • Francis Hoad

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 56 x combat missions. Shot down 10-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3939 ...

  • Carl Johns

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x comabt missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Eugene Lott

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

  • Harold Magruger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions, ETD. Awards: WWII Victory. EAME.

  • Emanuel Pinilis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions, ETD. Awards: WWII Victory. EAME.

  • Harvey Tomlinson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat mission. ETD . Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lawson Yeatts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Bingham crew. 33 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-107039 Ice Cold Katy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Grenier 27/2/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45...

  • 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; to Gt Falls with Phil Sweet but force landed Pueblo, CO 10/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Cologne 28/5/44 with George West, Waist gunner: Hugh Russell,Tail gunner: Mike...

  • 42-39993 Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE. ...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born NH, USA 1 December 1920

Son of Harold C and Lucile F Bingham.

Enlisted Manchester, NH 16 April 1942
Based Deenethorpe 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAC 21 April 1943
Enlisted 22 April 1943

Re-enlisted as 2nd Lieutenant.

Died Offutt AFB, NE 1 December 1952

Died on active service in crash in US.

Buried Graceland Cemetery Rowan, IA January 1953

Graceland Cemetery
Rowan,
Wright County, IA

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