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Page 141 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...


  • Rufus Causey

    Military | Captain
    "Major Arnold Kuenning and Capt Rufus Causey, navigator completed 18 missions to German-occupied territory. Inseparable on the ground and in the air, they typlify the spirit of teamwork destroying the Germans. Shot u"

  • James Egan

    Military | Major | Group Navigator

  • Carl Hinkle

    Military | Colonel | Squadron Commander
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF, Op's Officer. Took over command of 614BS when Major Eveland was shot down. Completed 25 x combat missions. Upon return after leave, became group Op's Officer for 351BG. Completed a further 6 x combat missions. ...

  • Julius Pickoff

    Military | Major | Bombardier; Navigator / Group Navigator
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Group bombardier. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: LOM (2OLC), DFC (3OLC), AM (5OLC), Defense, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harris Rogner

    Military | Colonel | Original Deputy Commander
    Assigned to 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 457BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • 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 ...


  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...


Date Contributor Update
23 June 2017 11:45:12 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection and caption

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