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The first crew of the 401st Bomb Group to return to the home base in England after a raid on Berlin, Germany, pose beside their plane - the Boeing B-17 'Fool's Luck'. They are, (Left To Right) Back Row: F/Sgt. Jesse H. Lehr, Radio Operator, S/Sgt. Pete D. Henderson waist gunner, 1Lt Donald M Anderson Bombardier, Capt Jere Maupin co-pilot, Capt James J Goodman pilot, 1Lt Robert J Ramsey tail gunner. Front Row: T/Sgt John O Farmer ball turret gunner, S/Sgt Burton A Markle waist gunner, T/Sgt Foster E Dewees top turret gunner and 2Lt Frank P Fraoli navigator. 6th March 1944.

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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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier
    DFC/ AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Unit Citation w/ Oak Leaf Cluster 1 Damaged

  • Foster Dewees

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. James Goodman crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Farmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. James Goodman crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), AF CMD, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Fraoli

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • James Goodman

    Military | Captain | Pilot

  • Pete Henderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Jessie Lehr

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. After landing from a local test flight on 28-Jan-44, a fire broke out in the bomb bay in B-17 42-37772. A/C was abandoned and was destroyed in fire. RTD. ...

  • Burton Markle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. James Goodman crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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. ...

  • Robert Ramsey

    Military | First Lieutenant

Aircraft

  • 42-31511 'Fools Luck III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Presque Is 9/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Evere A/fd 10/4/44 with Gaston Fox, Co-pilot: Francis Hoad, Navigator: Darrel Wilson, Bombardier: Leon Mendelson, Ball...

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Date Contributor Update
25 February 2020 21:08:49 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations
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Date Contributor Update
24 February 2020 19:50:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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