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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 21/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44; Presque Is 21/3/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-F] Deenethorpe 17/4/44; 612BS [SC-X]; force landed continent 10/5/45; Salvaged 2 SAD. AW COME ON.



  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb 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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron


  • Howard Alexander

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • John Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Harry Ahlers crew. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Donald Kent

    Military | Senior Master Sergeant | B-17 Radio Operator/Gunner | 401st Bomb Group


  • 308A

    19 April 1944

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 507

    31 July 1944
    Flak knocked out #2 engine, the interphone system, the VHF plus other damages. We got back to the base before the formation.

  • 514

    4 August 1944

  • 519

    5 August 1944

  • 524

    6 August 1944

  • 531

    8 August 1944

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


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Date Contributor Update
19 November 2021 18:45:12 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2021 00:37:35 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2021 00:16:34 acbernstein1 Changes to markings and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2021 23:58:21 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:15 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log