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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 8/4/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-Q] Deenethorpe 1/6/44; 614BS [IW-A]; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 4/12/45. MADAME QUEEN.



  • 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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron


  • William Ameen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Don Anderson

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

  • John Zneimer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group


  • 395

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 403

    10 June 1944

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 8th Air Force 441

    25 June 1944

  • 481

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

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 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.

  • 512

    3 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...


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Date Contributor Update
22 October 2021 18:35:37 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2021 18:21:23 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, unit associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2021 02:43:08 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:17 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log