43-38738 Gaposis, Becomin’ Back

A flight of B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 401st Bomb Group. B-17 (serial number 44-8153) is visible in the foreground. Printed caption on reverse: '59329 AC- 8th AF Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses over Mannheim, Germany, 1 February 1945. A- 8th AF Beoing B-17 Flying Fortresses near Ludwigshafen, Germany, 1 February 1945.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'IW-N Becomin Back, 338738. IN-C, IW-F,-Q.'

Object Number - FRE 1719 - A flight of B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 401st Bomb Group. B-17 (serial number 44-8153) is visible in the foreground. Printed caption on reverse:...

Delivered Spokane 13/9/44; Lincoln 18/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-N] Deenethorpe 11/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 13/12/45. GAPOSIS aka BECOMIN’ BACK.

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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 614th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38641307
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Air Transport Technician, Radio Counter Measures
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 614th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33464097 / O-782185
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 614th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34709136
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

Places

Missions

  • Date: 15 October 1944
  • Date: 17 October 1944
  • Date: 19 October 1944
  • Date: 22 October 1944
  • Date: 25 October 1944

Events

Event Location Date Description

Assigned

Deenethorpe, Corby NN17, UK 1944-11-11 Assigned 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Manufactured

Built at Boeing.

Delivered

Spokane, WA, USA 1944-09-13 Delivered Spokane AAF 13-Sep-44.

Revisions

Date17 May 2022 12:20:44
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date23 Sep 2018 17:14:31
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:32
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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