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James Bestervelt's Crew with Major Bruce Daily as Command. Back row: (L-R) Capt. A.M. Adams-Formation Observer, Lt. W.J. Beatovich-Navigator, Major Bruce Daily-Command Pilot, Lt. Charles Anderson-Bombardier, Lt. William Campbell-Co-pilot. Front row: (L-R) T/Sgt. Henry A. Brooks-Radio Operator, Capt. James Bestervelt-Pilot, Lt. T.C. Bowles-Radar Operator, S/Sgt. Leonard B. Wolfe-Waist Gunner, S/Sgt. Thomas Tartarian-Waist Gunner, T/Sgt. W.L. Brubaker-Engineer. Photo taken on 4th August 1944.



  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron


  • Charles Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Bombardier
    Distinguished Flying Cross

  • William Beatovich

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Heerdt in B-17 #44-8224

  • Harold Bestervelt

    Military | Major | Pilot; Squadron Operations
    Group commander 19 Feb 1945 on Munster (Dortmund) mission. Commanding officer on 23 Feb 1945 on Eger, Czechoslovakia, Kitzingen, Lichtenfels, and Schweinfurt missions.

  • Thomas Bowles

    Military | First Lieutenant
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Osnabruck Germany mission

  • Henry Brooks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Wayne Brubaker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer

  • Edwin Daily

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot, Squadron Commander, Group Operations Officer
    Group commander 9 Feb 1945 for Altenbeken mission. Group commander on 27 Feb, 1945 Leipzig, Germany mission and 4 March, 1945 on Ulm, Germany mission. Group Commander on 14 March 1945 on Vlotho, and Osnabruk, Germany mission and 21 March 1945 on Rheine...


  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Date Contributor Update
16 September 2016 11:22:26 emma simpson Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

398th Bomb Group Collection via Nuthampstead Airfield Museum.