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"Matthew's crew of the 8th AF 398th Bomb Group by their B-17 'Wonder Bird' at their Base in England, 9 October 1944."

Tail of B-17 42-107183 K8-J 602BS, 398BG in background.

Rear L-R: Unk, 1Lt Thomas M Matthews IV, Unk ,Unk, 1Lt Adrian P Higginbotham

Front L-R: Unk , Unk, Sgt Robert Charles Gordon, Unk



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron


  • Alva Freeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wolfsburg on 22 Feb 45 in B-17 "Beatty's 8-Balls"#43-39128. Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Leonard Streitfeld pg. 121

  • John Hardy

    Military | Sergeant
    air medal

  • Adrian Higginbotham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    air medal

  • Thomas Matthews

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jack Parsons

    Military | Technical Sergeant
    Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Roland Wieda

    Military | Technical Sergeant
    air medal


  • 42-102592 Wonder Bird

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-G] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; returning from aborted mission with severe oil leak and crash landed base with Lee Hicks 28/1/45; to 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton 29/1/45; Salvaged 8...

  • 42-107183

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/3/44; Kearney 29/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-J] Nuthampstead 26/4/44; battle damaged Cologne 5/10/44 with Rudow, AOC Belgium 12/10/44; Salvaged 5 SAD Merville, Fr. 14/11/44.



  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Date Contributor Update
13 January 2019 20:54:28 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations