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43-38458

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/44; Lincoln 15/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 10/9/44; transferred 613BS/401BG [IN-D] Deenethorpe 12/9/44; 615BS [IY-P]; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 6/12/45. BOTTLE BABY.

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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron
  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leroy Adams

    Military | Master Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Robert Alles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8F USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Jack Shepherd crew. ...

  • John Collins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 x combat missions. 'Jack' Shepherd crew. On his first mission John was injured by enemy flak and received the Purple Heart. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • William Karre

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Matt Maharick or 'Jack' Shepherd crew*. 33 or 22 x missions* ...

  • Malcolm Margolies

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Jack Shepherd crew. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Quigley

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

  • Jacob Shepherd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Thomas Skiffington

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Jack Shepherd crew. 22 x combat missions. Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Michael Urban

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • William Woodward

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 401st Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 637

    17 September 1944

  • 8th Air Force 650

    27 September 1944
    This mission is conducted by three elements against industrial targets, an oil refinery and an aircraft factory in Germany. A total of 1,192 heavy bombers are dispatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions: ...

  • 655

    30 September 1944

  • 662

    3 October 1944

  • 676

    14 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 688

    25 October 1944

  • 689

    26 October 1944

  • 693

    30 October 1944

  • 698

    2 November 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...

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 17:50:12 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=38458

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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