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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 31/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-C] Nuthampstead 26/4/44; crashed on take off for Merzehausen, Ger 24/12/44 with Don Grinter; (2 Killed in Action) when ship crashed at Lt Chishill, near Saffron Walden, Ex, UK; Salvaged 25/12/44 by 71 MU Slough. HERE’S HOPIN’ .



  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron


  • John Contento

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    On plane that crashed upon takeoff. Injured in trying to save others. Details in Hell from Heaven by Leonard Streitfeld Soldier's Medal for actions to save crewmates 12/24/44

  • William Davidson

    Military | Sergeant | ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Details of crash at base 12/24/44 in Leonard Streifeld's book and 398th web site Air medal

  • David Flores

    Military | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Died 24 December 1944. Accident details in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier written by Leonard Streifeld He is buried at the American Cemetery in Madingley Cambridgeshire Air Medal

  • Donald Grinter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed upon takeoff on December 24, 1944

  • Franklin Harrod

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    according to book, Harrod was killed in accident at base as plane crashed on takeoff. Listed as Killed in Action (KIA) on 398th web site December 24, 1944

  • Harold Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    on plane that crashed on takeoff at base on 12/24/44 and killed 2 crewmates detaild in Leonard Streitfeld's Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier Air medal

  • Kenneth Kiser

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    was on a plane that crashed upon takeoff on 12/24/44 as detailed in book by Leonard Streitfeld

  • Louis Stoffer

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer; Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    on plane that crashed upon takeoff 12/24/44 in which 2 crewmembers died. Details in Leonard Streitfeld's book Hell from Heaven

  • James White

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Co-pilot of 42-102536 on Christmas Eve when the aircraft failed to take off due to icing. The impact killed two crew members and James suffered fractures of the leg and ankle when his seat broke loose and trapped him under the instrument panel....


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 12 March 1944
Assigned Nuthampstead, Royston, Hertfordshire SG8, UK 26 April 1944

398th BG
600th BS

Crashed Chrishall, Royston, Essex SG8, UK 24 December 1944


Date Contributor Update
29 September 2016 11:37:41 Lucy May Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2016 04:02:27 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events and place associations

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log