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Charles M. Lewis's report of Mission : Oschersleben, Germany, January 11 1944



  • 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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron


  • Fred Brown

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot / Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions on B-17's as co-pilot to 1st Lt Fred D Grinham. ...

  • Harold Chapman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37809 'Carolina Queen. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roy Cockerham

    Military | Technical Sergeant

  • William Cummings

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Fred Grinham

    Military | Captain | Pilot

  • 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...

  • Charles Hardy

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Herbert Housman

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • James Howard

    Military | Brigadier General | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander
    USN 1939-1941 flew F3Fs with VF-6 USS Enterprise CV-6 ...

  • Charles Lewis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner

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  • 42-39904 Bad Penny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 4/10/43; Gr Island 2/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 19/12/43. ...


  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...


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Information provided by Charles M. Lewis.