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Page 317 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...


  • Louis Cooper

    Military | First Lieutenant
    1st Lt Louis E. Cooper flew 34 missions, from 08/08/1944, mission #125, to 01/01/1945, mission #189. He served as a Pilot. ...

  • Thomas Cushman

    Military | Captain | Pilot; Squadron and Group Leader
    . Flew a total of 43 missions DFC/ AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DUC/ EAME

  • George Ellis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    35 missions from 8 Aug 1944 to 29 Dec 1944. Air Medal w/ 6 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO Ribbon w/ 3 Battle Stars/ Unit Commendation

  • Charles Gue

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • William Heenan

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Ralph Lawrence

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    . The following is submitted as documated by G. C. Ellis - Navigator 2nd Lieutenant on the B17 #44-6146 Little Cheezer in which Ralph served as the Tail Gunner'Mission #24: November 5, 1944: Target - Frankfurt. Marshalling yards. P. F. F. plus visual....

  • Harry Maroncelli

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Harry Maroncelli served as a ball turret gunner with the 401st Bomb Group, flying missions out of Deenethorpe, England. He completed 34 combat missions.

  • Myron Sexton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner

  • Bascom Sherrill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Kaye Spansel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot ; Co-Pilot

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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
05 September 2021 08:38:58 TRob64 Changes to person associations

401st Bomb Group Association

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2017 13:37:59 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.