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401st Bomb Squadron

Squadron

Commanding officers
  • John Davis

    Military | Major | Commanding Officer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Major John D Davis was Commanding Officer of the 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, based at Bassingbourn from December 1944 to June 1945. He later married Lieutenant Helen Pierson, an Army Nurse stationed at the nearby 163rd General Hospital at...

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  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

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    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

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Stations

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Based Bassingbourn

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People

  • Daniel Abeles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297406. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Ade

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 41-24459 'Hellsapoppin. ' According to Havelaar, the target was the Fukke Wolf aircraft factory. Fighters and flak were heavy and the 401st BS was hit especially hard.

  • James Akers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229536 'Mary Ruth-Memories of Mobile. ' Result unknown.

  • John Alba

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 November 1944 in AC #4338545. Escaped and returned. Plane became known as the phantom plane and crew because after crew bailed out it made a perfect 3 pt landing in a field and when the British went to help the crew there wasn't one!...

  • Kirk Aldrich

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed NE of Gardelegen, GR on a mission to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31079. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Harry Alexander

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4 February 1944 on a mission to Frankfurt, B-17G #42-39771 'Jeannie Marie' was forced to land due to extensinve flak damage at Eindhoven, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Mid air collision 31 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29816 'The Eager Beaver. ' Plane crashed into Channel. Returned to base. Mr. Allen lived through the most harrowing experience in the history of the group. He was a husky, 20 year old Indiana boy with a...

  • John Allen

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew on B-17 'Times A-Wastin'. ' Flew 35 missions

  • Robert Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    2nd Lieutenant Robert N. Allen was born on January 5, 1918, the son of Ola DeLong Allen. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Allen. His hometown was Latham, New York. ...

  • William Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 42-29536 'Mary Ruth-Memories of Mobile. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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Aircraft

  • 41-24431 The Saint

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bangor 27/8/42; Bassingbourn 11/10/42; detailed mechanical trip to Honington, Sfk. 16/2/43 but crashed on attempted t/o with Earl Riley, Co-pilot: Earl Dosier, Navigator: Roy Schwendiman, Bombardier: Edwin Bush, Flight...

  • 41-24447 Kickapoo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-H] Bangor 29-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42; Missing in Action 11m Wilhelmshafen 26-Feb-44. Flak hit caused fire in #4, crashed North Sea. 10 Killed in Action, Missing Air Crew Report 3575. KICKAPOO. ...

  • 41-24449 Short Snorter

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24449 'Short Snorter' was assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-B] Bangor 31-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42. On 20-Dec-43 the aircraft was damaged on the mission to Romilly, France with Capt William Harris, but limped back to base OK. 10RTD ...

  • 41-24452

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24452 was assigned to 91BG/401BS at Bangor 29-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42. Despatched on 20-Dec-42 to bomb the German air depot at Romilly, France. Enemy aircraft KO’d tailplane and the aircraft crashed near Rouen, France. 3KIA 7POW MACR...

  • 41-24459 Hellsapoppin

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-B] Bangor 2/9/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with John Wilson, Waist gunner: Walt Bohaczyk, Ball turret gunner: Gil Andrews, Waist gunner: Cliff Cadle,Tail gunner: Bob Ade; (5 Killed in Action); Co...

  • 41-24484 'The Bad Egg'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-C] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; on return from Cognac 43+m 31/12/43, diverted through weather to Gt Dunmow, Andrews Field, then Hunsdon Afd, with Hilary Evers, Co-pilot: Paul McDuffee, Navigator: Frank Keneley,...

  • 42-102392 Cool Papa

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Gt Falls 2/3/44; Hunter 14/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [OR- ] Bassingbourn 22/4/44; Missing in Action 7m Troyes 1/5/44 with Albt McCardle, Co-pilot: Joe Vandenboom, Navigator: Cliff Stanton, Bombardier: Everett...

  • 42-102504 Times A-Wastin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 31/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-D] Bassingbourn 11/5/44; Missing in Action 107m Stendahl 8/4/45 with Peter Pastras, Co-pilot: Bob Morris, Navigator: George Latches, tog-Don Lemons, Ball turret...

  • 42-102509 The Liberty Run

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 22/4/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 20/7/44 with Art Hultin, Co-pilot: Capt Bill Martin, Navigator: Bob Hart, Bombardier: Maurice Bonomo, Flight...

  • 42-107027 Hikin' For Home

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 1/2/44; Grenier 27/2/44; ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 01:44:20 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to media associations
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Date Contributor Update
08 February 2015 16:08:44 Pat Flyer Changes to type, aircraft types and aircraft associations
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Edited by P. Milward 8 February 2015

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:49 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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