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Page 158 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.

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Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    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...

People

  • Joseph Amber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier, Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 38 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • James Black

    Military | Sergeant

  • 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.

  • Donald Currie

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 38 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Cosmo DiPierro

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. Don Currie crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • William Garland

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot / Group Operations Officer
    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.

  • Earl Gibson

    Military | Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Ditched into the channel and was rescued. RTD. Don Currie crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star). Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean conflict.

  • Cecil Graf

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. Donald McCree and Donald Currie crews. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Donald Hecker

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Herbert Hobbs

    Military | Second Lieutenant

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Aircraft

  • 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; to Gt Falls with Phil Sweet but force landed Pueblo, CO 10/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Cologne 28/5/44 with George West, Waist gunner: Hugh Russell, Tail gunner: Mike...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2017 13:37:37 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption and unit associations
Sources

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

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