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43-38788

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 21/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-T] Deenethorpe 7/11/44; battle damaged Oranienburg 10/4/45 with Claude Spence, Co-pilot: Hugh Reiner, Navigator: Vic Datlenko, togg-Phil Tumminia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Abe Lehat, Radio Operator: Mike Starrs,Tail gunner: John BaneWounded in Action (7 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Mark Meadows, Waist gunner: Dante DeFazioWounded in Action, Ball turret gunner: Jim Carson rcm (3 evaded capture); flak, crashed Wilsnack, Ger; Salvaged 16/5/45; Missing Air Crew Report 13913. HEAVY DATE.

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

  • James Allcroft

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions. Awards: AM (5OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Glenn Amundson

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

  • Lowell Ankrom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group

  • John Bane

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wilsnock on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 'Heavy Date' 43-38788

  • Floyd Beck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions. Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Thomas Cannon

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions. Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • James Carson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Counter Measures | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed near Wilsnock on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 'Heavy Date' 43-38788, Evaded (EVD).

  • Victor Datlenko

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed near Wilsnock on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 'Heavy Date' #43-38788, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Arthur Devore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions. Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Dante Fazio

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 715

    16 November 1944

  • 720

    21 November 1944

  • 723

    25 November 1944

  • 725

    26 November 1944

  • 736

    4 December 1944

  • 738

    5 December 1944

  • 746

    11 December 1944

  • 748

    12 December 1944

  • 750

    15 December 1944

  • 756

    19 December 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

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 10 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2021 21:54:47 acbernstein1 Changes to markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=38788

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2019 04:14:28 av8torrg Changes to media associations
Sources

personL photos. Lt. R. Gardner

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 14:22:01 Mreiner16 Changes to nicknames
Sources

I'm F/o Hughie Reiner's son. I have photos of nose art and details on the crews last mission.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13913 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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