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Page 299 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

  • John Bane

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wilsnock on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 'Heavy Date' 43-38788

  • Victor Datlenko

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator
    Crashed near Wilsnock on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 'Heavy Date' #43-38788, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Dante DeFazio

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Evaded (EVD) crashed near Wilsnock on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 'Heavy Date' #4338788

  • Abraham Lehat

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wilsnock on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 'Heavy Date' 43-38788

  • Hughie Reiner

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wilsnock on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 'Heavy Date' 43-38788

  • Claude Spence

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed near Wilsnock on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 'Heavy Date' 43-38788.

  • Michael Starrs

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wilsnock on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 'Heavy Date' 43-38788

  • Philip Tumminia

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier

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
14 July 2017 11:35:16 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place 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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