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42-107151

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 7/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-B] Deenethorpe 15/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 30/11/45. COVER GIRL.

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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Jack Agee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On 27-Jan-44, while taxiing after landing from a training flight, the landing gear switch of B-17 42-31414 was placed in the up position instead of the flap switch. RTD. ...

  • Ora Akins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x Combat missions. Carl Djernes crew. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Clyde Brobst

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 40 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • George Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Lee Gibson crew. Awards: AM , WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Coyne

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. John Fondren crew. 40 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Irving Falkowitz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 40 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • John Fondren

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 40 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Lee Gibson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Husnik

    Military | Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Lee Gibson crew. Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Kent

    Military | Senior Master Sergeant | B-17 Radio Operator/Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 309

    20 April 1944

  • 358

    19 May 1944

  • 476

    16 July 1944

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 507

    31 July 1944
    Flak knocked out #2 engine, the interphone system, the VHF plus other damages. We got back to the base before the formation.

  • 508

    1 August 1944

  • 514

    4 August 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...

  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Tulsa, OK, USA 7 March 1944
Modification Center RAF Langford Lodge, Crumlin, Antrim BT29, UK 13 April 1944
Assigned Deenethorpe, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17, UK 15 April 1944

401st BG

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2021 01:44:39 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=107151

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2021 01:34:12 acbernstein1 Changes to markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=107151

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2015 18:04:38 466thHistorian Changes to events and place associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2015 17:47:18 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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