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603rd Bomb Squadron

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  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    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...

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Stations

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Based Nuthampstead

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People

  • George Abbott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier/ Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    He had been a waist gunner in training to take over the Bombardier role and was in the nose. A German 88 anti aircraft shell had exploded in his lap, killing him instantly. The plane with its nose blown off and up into the windshield made it back to...

  • John Abernathy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group
    35 missions

  • Arthur Abraham

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Aceto

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group

  • Anthony Adams

    Military | Captain | Squadron Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    oak leaf cluster

  • Eugene Adams

    Military | Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group
    Air Medal in April 1945

  • Robert Adkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    B-17G 43-37527 "The Prowler," six crew b/o over Hastings, Sussex; crash-landed at RAF Penhurst, Kent, 6 July 1944.

  • Richard Alderson

    Military | Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group
    Wounded in action 2 March 1945 Bohlen, Germany

  • John Alebis

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    2 Battle Stars

  • Albert Aleksyn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 603BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin; mid air collision near Lehmke in B-17 43-38697 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 12215 Awards: PH.

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Aircraft

  • 42-102476

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-B] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; (18m) Missing in Action Munich 16/7/44 with Ray Gallagher, Co-pilot: Harry Castleman, Navigator: Bill Berry, Bombardier: Wendell Davis, Flight...

  • 42-102508

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-J] Nuthampstead 24/4/44; (17m) Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with Boyd Nisewonger, Co-pilot: Max Becker, Navigator: Bill MacFerran, Bombardier: Lloyd Ebert,...

  • 42-102553 "Lil' 8 Ball"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-K] Nuthampstead 26/4/44; crashed on take off on non-operational flight 26/7/44 when it ran off runway, hit tractor and burnt out; with Claude Williams, p-Paul...

  • 42-102562 Knock Out

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-G] Nuthampstead 26/4/44; (64m) Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Herb Newman, Radio Operator: Melvin Cohn, Ball turret gunner: Tony Perry, Waist gunner: Leroy...

  • 42-102579 Stinker

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-C] Nuthampstead 27/4/44; (25m) Missing in Action Merseburg 28/7/44 with Wilbur Dwyer, Co-pilot: Claude Williams, Navigator: Joe Mute, Bombardier: Bob Woolley, Flight...

  • 42-102600 Zoomeriago

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-Z] Nuthampstead 4/5/44; (47m) Missing in Action Merserburg 21/11/44 with Fred Wisner (mer), Co-pilot: Gene Reaves, Navigator: Aheleas Pares, Bombardier: Eldon Severson...

  • 42-107138 Witka Tanka Ton

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/3/44; Rapid City 12/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-T] Nuthampstead 22/4/44, flown over from USA by group CO Col Hunter; (51m) Missing in Action Merseburg 21/11/44 with Paul Rich, Co-pilot: Don McKorkindale, Navigator:...

  • 42-107186

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-L] Nuthampstead 27/4/44; (28m) Missing in Action Peenemunde 4/8/44 with pilot John McArthur, Co-pilot: Harvey Boyd, Navigator: Ernest Engeman, Bombardier: Murray...

  • 42-107223

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 28/3/44; Kearney 7/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-S] Nuthampstead 5/5/44; (24m) Missing in Action Cauvincourt (Bretteville), Fr 8/8/44 lead aircraft with Capt Meyer Wagner, Navigator: Tom Stitz, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-107231

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/3/44; Hunter 11/4/44; Grenier 21/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-A] Nuthampstead 3/5/44; flown by Group CO Col Hunter on first mission 6/5/44; (4m) Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Capt Unite Brodin, Co-pilot: Major Judson Gray...

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Date Contributor Update
06 June 2019 15:52:18 nate155 Changes to media associations
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13 March 2015 16:42:41 rossingtonj Changes to type
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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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