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Lieutenant Boudinot Stimson, a pilot of the 401st Bomb Group and cousin of the US War Secretary Henry Stimson, with his B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-37770) nicknamed "Flak Rat". Image stamped on reverse: 'Planet News.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 12 Dec 1943.' [stamp] and '296488.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'US WAR SECRETARY'S COUSIN PILOTS FLYING FORTRESSES OVER EUROPE. Lieutenant Boudinot Stimson, Greenwich, Connecticut, cousin of US War Secretary Henry Stimson is pilot of a Flying Fortress in the European Theatre of Operations. Lt Stimson made his first operational flight when he piloted "Flak Rat", his B-17 bomber on the US Army Eight Air Force Raid on Solingen, the Ruhr steel centre. Photo shows: Lieutenant Boudinot Stimson standing by his Flying Fortress "Flak Rat" at a USAAF airfield in England. Gai. December 11th 1943 PN.'



  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb 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...


  • Boudinot Stimson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 42-97464 'What Next ?'; Shot down 13-Apr-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3941 Awards: AM (2OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 42-37770

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/8/43; Scott 23/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-A] Deenethorpe 1/11/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 31/12/43 with Homer McDanal, Co-pilot: Maj Ivan Eveland, Bombardier: Dan Goetsch, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Kirkner (4...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:57 AAM AAM ingest

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