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43-37602

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/44; Hunter 17/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 602BS/401 BG [IW-O] Deenethorpe 10/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 24/11/45. LADY VIVIAN.

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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Don Anderson

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

  • George Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Lee Gibson crew. Awards: AM , WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lee Gibson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bernard Goldberg

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Lee Gibson and Carl Short crews. Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Calvin Hallman

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Carl Short crew. Last 5 missions of ETO. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Henry Hill

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Carl Short crew. Last 5 combat missions of ETO. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Husnik

    Military | Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Lee Gibson crew. Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Herbert James

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Among other planes flew on Shark Tooth

  • Donald Kent

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

  • Max Kirby

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 6 x combat missions. Carl Short crew. ...

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Missions

  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 476

    16 July 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.

  • 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.

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 514

    4 August 1944

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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...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2021 20:10:58 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=37602

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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