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James William Allcroft Jr

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions.

Awards: AM (5OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • Millard French

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat mission. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102398 Dynamite John

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/2/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 20/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-H] Deenethorpe 13/5/44; 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...

  • 42-107039 Ice Cold Katy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Grenier 27/2/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45...

  • 43-38788 Heavy Date

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 21/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-T] Deenethorpe 7/11/44; battle damaged Oranienburg 10/4/45 with Claude Spence, Co-pilot: Hugh Reiner, Navigator: Vic Datlenko, togg-Phil Tumminia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 44-6506 Satisfaction Guaranteed

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 24/8/44; Grenier 10/9/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [SC-N] Deenethorpe 12/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6/45; Sth Plains 6/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/11/45. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED.

Missions

  • 736

    4 December 1944

  • 738

    5 December 1944

  • 741

    6 December 1944

  • 750

    15 December 1944

  • 764

    27 December 1944

  • 766

    28 December 1944

  • 769

    29 December 1944

  • 781

    5 January 1945

  • 783

    6 January 1945

  • 789

    10 January 1945

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Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ada, Ohio 3 December 1921

Son of James William Sr and Cecille Lillian [Bearinger] Allcroft.

Enlisted Newark, NJ 11 May 1942

Newark, New Jersey

Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 24 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Ocala, FL 25 November 1995
Buried Countryside Presbyterian Memorial Gardens Ocala, Marion County, FL December 1995

Countryside Presbyterian Memorial Gardens
Ocala, Marion County, Florida

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