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Page 202 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.

Connections

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

  • Allen Batson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot up by flak over Hamburg, June 20 1944 the lead ship returned to the base minus virtually everything but the crew. With one engine knocked out and the propeller vibrating wildly, and another engine throwing out oil, the veteran crew command

  • Nathan Binkin

    Military | Technical Sergeant

  • 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"

  • Ellsworth Christensen

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Shot up by flak over Hamburg, June 20 1944 the lead ship returned to the base minus virtually everything but the crew. With one engine knocked out and the propeller vibrating wildly, and another engine throwing out oil, the veteran crew command

  • Sherwyn Finchell

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot up by flak over Hamburg, June 20 1944 the lead ship returned to the base minus virtually everything but the crew. With one engine knocked out and the propeller vibrating wildly, and another engine throwing out oil, the veteran crew command

  • Michael Guyton

    Military | Corporal | Armament Worker

  • Arnold Kuenning

    Military | Major | Bombardier
    8 missions as 401st BG Lead Bombardier, 12 missions as 94th Wing Lead Bombardier, 2 missions as 1st Air Division Lead Bombardier. ...

  • William McIntyre

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot up by flak over Hamburg, June 20 1944 the lead ship returned to the base minus virtually everything but the crew. With one engine knocked out and the propeller vibrating wildly, and another engine throwing out oil, the veteran crew command

  • Walter Otton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Schelesttstadt on 7/13/44 in B-17 #42-97953, Prisoner of War (POW). Shot up by flak over Hamburg, June 20 1944 the lead ship returned to the base minus virtually everything but the crew. POW

  • Charles Roundtree

    Military | Sergeant

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Missions

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

Locations

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2017 09:12:08 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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