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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 25/11/44; Grenier 15/12/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-V] Deenethorpe 19/12/44; transferred 384BG Grafton Underwood 10/5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/5/46.



  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb 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


  • Clarence Bailey

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Member of Ford's Crew. Sgt Clarence Bailey flew 10 missions, from 04/04/1945, mission #241, to 04/20/1945, mission #254. He served as a Tail Gunner.

  • Francis Burns

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    Sgt Francis F. Burns flew 10 missions, from 04/04/1945, mission #241, to 04/20/1945, mission #254. He served as a Togglier.

  • Charles Davis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Member of Ford's Crew

  • Charles Dick

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner and Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Sgt Charles B. Dick flew 36 missions, from 02/21/1945, mission #211, to 04/20/1945, mission #254. He served as a Tail Gunner and Waist Gunner.

  • William Englett

    Military | Private First Class | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Member of Ford's Crew

  • Wilbur Ford

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Wilbur was born Jan 6, 1917 and died Jan 27, 2010 at the Audie Murphy Veterans Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, TX. He flew several missions over Germany during WWII and his co-pilot was Terence Bennett McArron.

  • George Hansen

    Military | Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group

  • William Karre

    Military | Technical Sergeant | RCM Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Sgt William E. Karre flew 10 missions, from 04/04/1945, mission #241, to 04/20/1945, mission #254. He served as a RCM Operator.

  • Terence McArron

    Military | Major | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    During WWII McArron flew several bombing missions over Germany. Following the war he joined the reserves and retired with the rank of Major. In addition to completing college with a BA, Terry had a full career with the US Postal service and retired as...

  • Philip Moody

    Military | Sergeant | Aerial Gunner; Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Member of Ford's crew ...


  • 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...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Delivered Lincoln, Nebraska 25 November 1944
Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, UK 19 December 1944

401 BG
613 BS


Date Contributor Update
05 March 2019 18:09:06 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, markings, events and unit associations

"B-17 Flying Fortress Story" - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2019 17:51:09 ptmcarron Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, unit associations and person associations

Information provided by Patrick Terence McArron

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:54 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log