42-39993 Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13, Grossly Inadequate

Object Number - UPL 37620 - "Four crew members of the 401st Bomb Group in front of the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Hell's Angel' at an 8th Air Force Base in England, 20...

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

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-760521
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot, Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

Places

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Delivered

Long Beach, CA 26 October 1943

Assigned

Deenethorpe Airfield, UK 1 January 1943

Other

First 401st BG Combat Mission

Kiel, Germany 4 January 1944 George F. Bingham Crew

Other

50th 401st BG Combat Mission

Berlin, Germany 27 August 1944 Robert Gibson Crew

Other

100th 401st BG Combat Mission

Unterluss, Germany 4 April 1945 William J. Mulyhill Crew

Other

Final (107th) 401st BG Combat Mission

Dresden, Germany 17 April 1945 Eldon Cairns Crew

Revisions

Date19 Jan 2020 23:24:54
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

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

Date12 Nov 2014 11:29:43
ContributorEmily
Sources

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

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:51
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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