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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 4/4/44; Grenier 10/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-N] Deenethorpe 29/4/44; had aborted mission on 12/6/44, had returned and parked at dispersal, when fragmentation bomb being unloaded exploded killing six and injuring 11; all ground crew: Sgt Royal Humphrety,Cpl Lee Weber, T/Sgt Jim Bradsher, Cpl Tony Milunic, Pfc Jim Oliver, Sgt Alvin Hecht (6 Killed in Service); Salvaged 2 SAD 14/6/44; BE COMING BACK.



  • 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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron


  • Don Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 401st Bomb Group


  • 308A

    19 April 1944

  • 317A

    25 April 1944

  • 389

    4 June 1944

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 405

    11 June 1944
    Flew a sortie flight to the French Coast at 24,000 feet. 8th Combat Flight. No flak.

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
19 May 2022 21:54:15 terveurn Changes to description

MACR does not pertain to this aircradft

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2021 15:47:17 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames

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15 November 2021 15:43:09 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames and markings

Date Contributor Update
11 September 2021 22:19:30 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations and mission associations

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log