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Page 252 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"

  • 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

  • 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. ...

  • Glenn MacKellar

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • William Mann

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • William Massey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Crashed at Jouldes on 6/19/44 in B-17 'Channel Express III'. 19 missions. Shot down on 19th mission at Bordeaux on 19 June 1944. Picked up by French Underground. Evaded (EVD). Got back to England 5 September 1944. ...

  • Orlando Pedro

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • John Punte

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed near Mannheim in B-17 "Casey's Strawberry" 42-97962 Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Root

    Military | Co-Pilot

  • Alfred Rosenquist

    Military | First Lieutenant


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
14 July 2017 09:24:04 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.