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Page 139 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.



  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    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...


  • Harold Bowman

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
    Commanding Officer of 401st BG from June 1943 to 5 December 1944. Retired as Brigadier General Awards: SS, LOM, DFC (OLC), AM, Croix de Guerre, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gaston Fox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 10 April 1944 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Julius Lacey

    Military | Major General | Commanding Officer
    Commanding officer 384th Bomb Group from 6-Sep-43 to 23-Nov-43 then was given command of the 94th Combat Bomb wing. ...

  • Eugene Romig

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer
    13 Feb-42 Assigned as Operations Officer of 303 Bomb Group at Pendleton Field, Pendleton, Oregon with the rank of Major. 15-Sep-42 appointed Commanding Office of 303BG/359th Bombardment Squadron. See Biography events. MISSION participation currently...

  • Ronald Woodhouse

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    completed 6 missions


Date Contributor Update
21 June 2017 15:07:52 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.