Page 25 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.
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...
Military | Major General | Commanding Officer, 1st Scouting Force. Former Group Operations Officer (401st BG)
Assigned to 401BG, 8AF USAAF, Operations Officer. Transferred Scouting Force (ESF). Transferred 1st Scouting Force.
Military | Major | Co-Pilot ; Squadron Commander
Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #42-37770 'Flak Rat', Evaded (EVD).
Retired as Colonel, USAF
Military | Major | Co-Pilot; Commanding Officer (612 Squadron)
RTD. Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 42-31089 'Carolyne. ' Target Kiel, Germany. Plane ditched in North Sea after both engines on left side stopped.
Original CO of 612th Squadron.
Military | Captain | Original Group Special Services Officer
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Executive Officer