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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE.

George F. Bingham Crew - 21 missions (original crew)
Charles F. Hess Crew - 1 mission
Stuart E. Smith Crew - 1 mission
William J. Kelly Crew - 1 mission
Marion O. Hagan, Jr. Crew - 2 missions
Francis J. Touissant Crew - 2 missions
Benjamin H. Johnson Crew - 1 mission
Kenneth C. Wells Crew - 1 mission
John Myretetus Crew - 1 mission
Jack Atherton Crew - 1 mission
Carl G. Ritting Crew - 1 mission
Roger C. Gibson Crew - 25 missions (most missions in this a/c)
Bodo C. Konze Crew - 1 mission
Jay Osslander Crew - 1 mission
Paul J. Sullivan Crew - 1 mission
Charles H. Aiken Crew - 2 missions
Ralph S. Hayes Crew - 1 mission
Charles T. Maxwell Crew- 1 mission
Thomas K. Hill Crew - 1 mission
David F. Tompkins Crew - 1 mission
Louis J. Lawrence Crew - 1 mission
Julian A. Roadman Crew - 2 missions
Bert E. Hocking Crew - 1 mission
Andrew F. Bloetscher Crew- 2 missions
Roy H. Bonney Crew - 1 mission
Walter E. Cox Crew - 1 mission
Jack P. Comer Crew - 2 missions
Dale G. Jones Crew - 1 mission
Donald M. Schliemann Crew - 1 mission
Allen D. Aschenbach Crew - 6 missions
Walter W. Thorne Crew - 1 mission
Richard L. Steele Crew - 1 mission
Millard H. French Crew - 1 mission
Alfred R. Grimm Crew - 1 mission
James A. Nolan Crew - 9 missions
Max M. Smith Crew - 3 missons
William J. Mulyhill Crew - 1 mission
James J. Hazelton Crew - 2 missions
Ward A. Leap Crew - 1 mission
Verne E. Walker Crew - 1 mission
Eldon J. Cairns Crew - 1 mission



  • 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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron


  • Felix Abel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic | 401st Bomb Group
    'I was a Airplane Mechanic on the B-17 "Hells Angels Out of Chute 13" with the 401st Bomb Group + 612th Squadron. We were really proud of it because I finished 118 missions without an abort. It was shot up on the last mission of the war in Europe, but...

  • Charles Aiken

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • John Althoff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Glenn Amundson

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

  • Ancil Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 605BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago' Interned (INT) Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Don Anderson

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

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Lowell Ankrom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group

  • Allen Aschenbach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

  • Jack Atherton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Gruenewald on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42-31496 Prisoner of War (POW)

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  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

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  • 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...


Event Location Date
Delivered Long Beach, CA 26 October 1943
Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, UK 1 January 1944
First 401st BG Combat Mission Kiel, Germany 4 January 1944

George F. Bingham Crew

50th 401st BG Combat Mission Berlin, Germany 27 August 1944

Robert Gibson Crew

100th 401st BG Combat Mission Unterluss, Germany 4 April 1945

William J. Mulyhill Crew

Final (107th) 401st BG Combat Mission Dresden, Germany 17 April 1945

Eldon Cairns Crew


Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 23:24:54 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames

Added another nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2019 22:27:04 466thHistorian Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2019 22:19:18 466thHistorian Changes to description and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2019 23:24:01 466thHistorian Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2019 23:20:56 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 11:29:43 Emily Changes to nicknames

Felix R Abel (Mechanic on the aircraft) via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log