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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 homes were destroyed when one B-17 Flying Fortress failed to take off and its bomb load detonated when the aircraft struck a building. The 401st Bomb Group were based here between 3 November 1943 and 20 June 1945.

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Service

Units

People

  • Marshall Abraham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4230855 'Ol' Massa'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Marvin Abraham

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Had the pleasure of personally delivering his bomb to Germany. He is a navigator but when the "Oshkosh Bomb" was dropped he operated the toggle. He was later KIA.

  • Jack Agee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On 27 Jan 1944, while taxiing after landing from a training flight, the landing gear switch of B-17G #42-31414 was placed in the up position instead of the flap switch. RTD. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-97073. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5311. ...

  • John Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39893. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Amato

    Military | Private
    Killed In Service 24 Mar 1944 when PFF aircraft crashed into barracks on takeoff at 1245. KIS.

  • Ole Andersen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39893. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Bobbie Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Politz in B-17 'Son of a Blitz' #4231081

  • Carl Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD. ...

  • Earl Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 7/24/44 in B-17 #4232005

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Aircraft

  • 41-9107

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 340BS/97BG Polebrook 15/4/42; transferred 390BG Framlingham 29/6/42; 407BS/92BG [PY-N] Bovingdon /9/42; 401BS/91BG [LL-X] Bassingbourn 22/7/43; 613BS/401BG [IN-P], then 612BS [SC-X] Deenethorpe, Nth. 6/11/43; /390BG Framlingham, 6/11/43; 600BS...

  • 42-102393 DIANA QUEEN OF THE CHASE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-R] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; 111m, Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal...

  • 42-102394 Down N' Go

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Kearney 15/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-C] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 24/8/44 with Parker Finney, Co-pilot: Virgil Price, Navigator: Dale Scott, tog-Brown Bralley, Waist gunner: Burton...

  • 42-102398

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/2/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 20/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-H] Deenethorpe 13/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 42-102468

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 3/5/44; 614BS [IW-S]; 106m, Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-102547 'Rose of York'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 2/5/44; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY-F] Thurleigh 5/5/44; Missing in Action 63M Berlin 3/2/45 with Vernon Daley, Co-pilot: Joe Carbine, Navigator: Paul Becker,...

  • 42-102580

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-Q] Deenethorpe 3/5/45; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Bill Protz, Ball turret gunner: Frank Bartak, Waist gunner: Alby Reinhardt, Waist gunner: Glenn Cliff...

  • 42-102581

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-L] Deenethorpe 29/4/44; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Paul Scharff, Co-pilot: Chas Eckert, Bombardier: Bob Hoover, Waist gunner: Roscoe Tomlinson (4 Killed in...

  • 42-102608

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 8/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 25/5/44; transferred 379BG Kimbolton 21/1/45; 401BG Deenethorpe 25/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 9/6/45;...

  • 42-102647 'BTO in the ETO'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Hunter 9//4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-G] Deenethorpe 24/5/44; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Fred Windham, Navigator: Carl Floto, Bombardier: Angelo Melito, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 12:17:14 Lucy May Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Connected aircraft records that have Deenethorpe in their biography fields.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2015 16:39:07 Paul Bellamy Changes to known as, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and closure date
Sources

1st Bombardment Division records (AFHRA via 1AD Historical Society Archive)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

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