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401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 16, 21 Jan 1944, Pas De Calais.
23 operational aircraft were off by 1230. All planes returned safely by 1554 hours. This short mission was to the French rocket coast. It was a successful mission, with no enemy opposition.

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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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron
  • 614th Bomb Squadron
  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31069 'LITTLE MOE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-K] Deenethorpe 11/11/43; Missing in Action Kassel 28/9/44 with Ed Aves, Co-pilot: Clayton Crunk, Navigator: Ralph Mezydlo, Bombardier: John MacDougall, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31072 Betty J.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    This was the only original aircraft of the 401st BG to return to the USA after the war. The aircraft was named after Lt. Bryan Shotts' Wife "Betty Jean Shotts". ...

  • 42-31087 'Heaven Can Wait', 'Boche Buster'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/43; Gt Falls 28/9/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-K] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; Missing in Action Politz 7/10/44 with Tom Hill, Wilbur Schmedel, Theo Block, Junius Chadwick, Jim Mullins, Vic Shewbert, Ed Hellenbeck, Buddy Keith, Omer...

  • 42-31091 MAGGIE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 2/10/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-O] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; Missing in Action Merseburg 11/9/44 with Milton Wingard, Co-pilot: Bob Abresch, Navigator: Bob Sullivan, Tail gunner: Ed Chiariello (4...

  • 42-31193 Little Boots

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/9/43; Gt Falls 14/10/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-B] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Capt. Robert Beers, Co-pilot: Howard Byrne, Navigator: Harry Gershon, Bombardier: Bill Ritch,...

  • 42-31414

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/11/43; Kearney 16/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-J] Deenethorpe 14/1/44; on ferry trip from Little Staughton to Deenethorpe 27/1/44 with Mitch Woods, Co-pilot: Leon Van Sycle, Navigator: Rich Montfort, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31467 Sac Hound

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 9/12/43; Grenier 10/12/43; Presque Is 14/12/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-J] Deenethorpe 6/1/44. Missing in Action Frankfurt 2 March 1944 with William G. Sheahan, Co-pilot: Elliott B. Ogden, Navigator...

  • 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...

  • 42-37833 Omar The Dent Maker, The Devil's Daughter

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/9/43; Gt Falls 25/9/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-F] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 26/3/44 with Capt Bill Rumsey, Co-pilot: Bob Kaercher, Navigator: Mike Walsh, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Roberts,...

  • 42-39765 Baby Lu III, Miss Manookie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/8/43; Scott 25/10/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 11/10/43 as BABY LU III; transferred 612BS/401BG [SC-A] Deenethorpe 14/11/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 8/4/44; (?with Roger Bishop from Keesler 22/2/45?)...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2021 17:56:45 acbernstein1 Changes to caption and aircraft associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=16

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2021 23:21:51 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Archive/Document/Mission/Report/016.pdf

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