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43-37628

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/5/44; Hunter 18/5/44; Dow Fd 30/5/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-O] Deenethorpe 10/6/44; 612BS [SC-A]; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 10/11/45. HEAVENLY BODY.

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

  • Glenn Amundson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 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).

  • Lowell Ankrom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group

  • William Atkinson

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

  • Bernhardt Carns

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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. ...

  • Henry Compton

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Member of Julian Redman crew. Flew 35 missions. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Garry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    John T. Garry II, 93, who lived a long and full life, died peacefully on February 11, 2017, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born on December 12, 1923, in Albany, the son of the late Joseph A. Garry Sr. and...

  • Joseph Lependorf

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Joseph Lependorf flew 9 missions, from 1 March 1945, mission #219, to 30 March 1945, mission #239, all with Robert de Marco's crew.

  • John McMurray

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat mission. McCord crew. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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Missions

  • 405

    11 June 1944
    Flew a sortie flight to the French Coast at 24,000 feet. 8th Combat Flight. No flak.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

  • 435

    23 June 1944

  • 8th Air Force 439

    24 June 1944

  • 8th Air Force 441

    25 June 1944

  • 445

    28 June 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.

  • 494

    25 July 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
06 November 2021 00:43:31 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=37628

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2021 15:45:45 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and unit associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=37628

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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