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401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 217, 27 Feb 1945, Leipzig, Germany.
Briefing took place at 0700 hours, and all operational aircraft were airborne by 1032 hours. The five spares returned early, as they were not required to replace aborts, and by 1821 hours all aircraft had returned from the mission.
This day marked the transfer of all Lead Crews to the 615th Squadron from the other three squadrons.
For the second straight day the Group was on partial standown, only 12 crews having been briefed. Six 401st ships were directed to provide part of the High Squadron of the 94th Combat Wing "B" Group (the other elements being supplied by other Groups); one ship was assigned to fly with the "A" Group; while the other five ships provided spares for the Glatton and Polebrook formations.
The spares for Glatton and Polebrook were not needed and returned early. The 401st ships that continued on the mission released their bombs on signal from the lead aircraft of the 351st Bomb Group. No air opposition was encountered, and the flak at Halle and over the target was meager and inaccurate.

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Units

Aircraft

  • 42-102468 'Farmer's Daughter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 3/5/44; 614BS [IW-S]; 106m, Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-106992 Baby Lu, Grin 'N Bear It

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/1/44; Dalhart 4/2/44; Presque 23/3/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; force landed continent 19/4/45; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold...

  • 42-107113 'Miss Aldaflak' 'Section 8'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/2/44; Gr Island 7/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-J] Deenethorpe 2/5/44; 612BS [SC-O]; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-97395 Chute The Works

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/2/44; Kearney 17/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-F] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; mechanical fault, with Dave Stauffer, caused fire and burnt out at RAF Saltby 25/43/45; 111m, Salvaged 2 SAD 25/3/45. CHUTE THE WORKS.

  • 42-97931 'MADAME QUEEN'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/4/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-Q] Deenethorpe 1/6/44; 614BS [IW-A]; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

  • 43-38458 'Bottle Baby'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/44; Lincoln 15/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 10/9/44; transferred 613BS/401BG [IN-D] Deenethorpe 12/9/44; 615BS [IY-P]; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45;...

  • 43-38541 Diabolical Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/8/44; Lincoln 24/8/44; Grenier 18/9/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-F] Deenethorpe 17/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38862

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 30/9/44; Dow Fd 11/10/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-N] Deenethorpe 23/11/44; 614BS [IW-G]; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-6146 'Little Cheezer'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/5/44; Kearney 24/5/44; Dow Fd 1/6/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-R] Deenethorpe 10/6/44; 613BS [IN-R]; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; Sth Plains 9/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 14...

  • 44-6313 'Budd's Dudds'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 29/6/44; Grenier 12/7/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-F] Deenethorpe 23/7/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; Sth Plains 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/12/45. BUDD’S DUDDS.

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    27 February 1945

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...

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Date Contributor Update
28 November 2021 20:08:03 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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