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401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 19, 3 Feb 1944, Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
Over 1,100 fighters and bombers participated in the attack on the great port and fighter base at Wilhelmshaven. The 401st emerged unscathed, and the results of bombing were good. This was the first Group lead for "Hi Ho" Silver, who later became Deputy Commanding Officer of the 401st. All aircraft down safely by 1540 hours.




  • 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...

  • 42-31077 Pakawalup II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-A] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; transferred 615BS [IY-A]; Missing in Action Munster 30/9/44 with Tom Davis, Co-pilot: Alan Newcomb, Navigator: Herb Corwin, Bombardier: Henry Kaczorowski,...

  • 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...

  • 42-31369 Round Tripper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Gr Island 13/11/43; Romulus 25/11/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-K] Deenethorpe 14/1/44; Missing in Action Brandenburg 6/8/44 with John Sauerwald, Co-pilot: John Zimmerman, Navigator: Forrest Holmstrom, Bombardier: Cletus...

  • 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...

  • 42-31619 That Sweet Thing, BTO in the ETO

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/12/43; Gt Falls 5/12/43; Kearney 19/12/43; Romulus 18/1/44; Presque Is 20/1/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-L] Deenethorpe 31/1/44; Missing in Action Stettin 24/5/44 with John Whiteman, Co-pilot: Horace Shelton, Navigator: Seymour...

  • 42-31662 'Fancy Nancy IV'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Kearney 7/1/44; Memphis 9/1/44; Presque Is 10/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-B] Deenethorpe 31/1/44; 134m crash landed Polebrook 22/4/44, Salvaged 1 SAD Troston. FANCY NANCY IV.

  • 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,...

  • 42-38033 Man O'War

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/11/43; Grand Island 15/12/43; Presque Is 21/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 6/1/44. Missing in Action Frankfurt 20 March 1944 with Pilot John A. Dunaway, Co-pilot: Henry Kane, Radio Operator: Francis J. Mastronardi,...

  • 42-39820 Also Ran - Still Running

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 9/9/43; Scott 28/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-J] Deenethorpe 14/11/44; Missing in Action Stettin 11/4/44 with Sam Wilson, Co-pilot: Elgin Gattis*, Navigator: Larry Sudakov, Bombardier: John Daly, Flight engineer/top turret...

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  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...


  • 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...


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