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Page 302 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.



  • 94th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 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...


  • Harold Bowman

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
    Commanding Officer of 401st BG from June 1943 to 5 December 1944. ...

  • Edwin Brown

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commander
    Original Commander of 613th Squadron, later Air Executive.

  • 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.

  • James Hamilton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On a mission to Oschersleben 11-Jan-44, the B17 42-39904 'Bad Penny', was attacked by fighters for three solid hours. Hamilton was hit by a 20mm shell at the base of his skull, and knocked out. He soon recovered and...

  • 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. ...

  • Jere Maupin

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot; Former 612th Squadron Commander
    RTD Crashed at St Lo on 8-Aug-44 in B-17 43-37510. Losses has pix of B-17 42-32068 'Fool's Luck' which Maupin and crew had bailed out of on their 3rd mission at the end of Dec 1943. The plane landed itself near Potter's Bar. ...

  • Harris Rogner

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

  • William Seawell

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
    Commanding Officer of 401st BG from 5 December 1944 to 30 May 1945. Flew 30 missions. He later served as Commandant of the cadets at USAF Academy in Colorado and then as President and Chairman of Pan Amercian World Airways. ...

  • Delwyn Silver

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Deputy Group Commander
    Successfully lead the group on the Wilhelmshaven mission 3 Feb 1944.

  • Burton Voorhees

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot, Air Executive
    Completed 5 x combat missions with 303BG. Transferred to 401BG. Awards: Croix de Guerre (Palmleaf), DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME(4 battle stars).

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  • 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 12:10:32 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations

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