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401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 21, 5 Feb 1944, Chateauroux, France. The results of bombing Chateauroux Airfield were excellent. Pictures of 401st bombs striking the target appeared in Stars and Stripes and in London newspapers. They showed the target completely demolished. One aircraft, "Nasty Habit", was landed safely on three engines by its co-pilot, Lt. George Hellmuth, and engineer, Sgt. James Bailey, both of whom were wounded, after the pilot, Lt. Harry Piper, was severely wounded. Hellmuth and Bailey both passed out after landing the aircraft. Upon return all aircraft were accounted for by 1439 hours--23 at Deenthorpe, one at Gravesend with three wounded, and one at Abingdon with one dead (Sgt. Fatcia) and two seriously wounded (Sgts. Minor and Moneybaker).

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Units

Aircraft

  • 42-31072 Betty J.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
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  • 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,...

  • 42-31369 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...

  • 42-31374

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-B] Deenethorpe 14/1/44; Missing in Action Poix, Fr. 13/3/44 with George Hellmuth, Jim Hannon, Bob Wagner, Gordon Brandt, Francis Allen (5 Killed in Action); Ray Gipson, Jim Coventry, Jim Bailey,...

  • 42-31488 Shade Ruff

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/11/43; Gt Falls 11/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Romulus 4/12/43; Bangor 5/12/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-D] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Dale Peterson, Co-pilot: George Morse, Navigator: Harley Honeberger,...

  • 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...

  • 42-31518 Doolittle's Doughboys

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Cincinnati 9/12/43; Rome 11/12/43; Presque Is 14/12/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-G] Deenethorpe 1/2/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 20/2/44 with Ed Gardner`found Pilz, near Gommern – bailed too low, 12/3/44`...

  • 42-31521 'BADLAND BAT'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 9/1/44; Presque Is 13/1/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-M] Deenethorpe 1/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Capt George Gould, Co-pilot: Frank Linc, Navigator: Bob Lotz,...

  • 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.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

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 23:02:06 acbernstein1 Changes to caption and aircraft associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=21

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2021 17:23:40 acbernstein1 Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=21

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2021 00:21:29 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Archive/Document/Mission/Report/021.pdf

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