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Page 16 of the 401st Bomb Group unit history.
Many of the 8th Air Force Groups produced an unofficial unit history in the months after the war ended in Europe but before they were redeployed out of the ETO (European Theater of Operations).

Resembling a college yearbook, unit histories were an unofficial – and often tongue-in-cheek – record of the unit’s time based in the UK. They include photo montages showing different aspects of base life. Often the servicemen in the photos are unnamed. The American Air Museum hopes that by adding unit histories to the website as individual pages, the men in the photos will be identified and associated to their person entries. Many included lists of personnel and a mailing address, providing a means for servicemen to keep in contact with each other after the war. These lists are now incredibly useful records of where US airmen in England in 1945 called their home.




  • C Brown

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer, 431st Air Sevice Group

  • Alvah Chapman

    Military | Major | Pilot; Squadron Commander
    Flew 37 combat missions, mostly as a lead crew pilot or air commander. Was made Squadron Commander of 614th BS in December 1944. ...

  • Eric De Jonckheere

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot ; Squadron Leader
    Completed mission tour

  • Donald McCree

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot / Commanding Officer
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 pilot, flew 42 missions and became commander of 612th Bomb Squadron. Awards: SS, DFC (OLC), AM (7OLC), Croix de Guerre, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph White

    Military | Colonel | Pilot, Commanding Officer
    On 5 Dec 1943 prior to a mission to Paris, an a/c unable to lift its heavy bombs in time, crashed into an unoccupied thatched roof of a house. There were no fatalities. Twenty minutes later, an explosion of bombs caused by flames from the engin ...


Date Contributor Update
09 June 2017 14:58:24 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption and unit associations

An original copy of the 401st Bomb Group unit history in IWM’s Roger Freeman Collection, printed in 1946.