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42-97487

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Presque Isle 19/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 12/1/44; crash landed base 3/10/44, Salvaged 2 SAD. HANGOVER HAVEN.

Service

Units

  • 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

People

  • Joseph Amber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 38 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Don Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Robert Andrus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Atkinson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

  • Joseph Blaugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Ben Johnson crew. ETD ...

  • Melvin Brandt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Ben Johnson crew. ETD ...

  • Junius Chadwick

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Thomas Hill crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Politz 7-Oct-44 in B-17 42-31087 'Boche Buster'. Landed in Sweden, Interned (INT). MACR 9758. ...

  • Edward Curry

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

  • Howard Fishbeck

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 30 missions with the last 9 missions in 'Diana Queen of the Chase' 42-102393. 'Lassie Come Home', 'Channel Express' and 'Hangover Haven' were each flown twice. Replacement Navigator for McCord crew. ...

  • James Hobgood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are dispatched from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

  • 8th Air Force 255

    11 March 1944
    This mission is compsed of two separate elements. The first element is despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany as the primary target. The attack is made by B-17s from 1st Air Division. 3rd Air Division also sends B-17s to...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 284

    29 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. The first element is a combined force of 238 B-17s of 1st Air Division: 91BG; 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG; 379BG; 381BG; 384BG; 401BG and 457BG are despatched to bomb the industrial areas of...

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Places

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 30 November 1943
Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 1 December 1944

401st BG
612th BS

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2021 13:42:29 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=97487

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2017 04:27:08 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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