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Joseph Roscoe Amber

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Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 38 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

Service

People

  • Donald Currie

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 38 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Donald McCree

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot / Commanding Officer | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 pilot, flew 42 missions and became commander of 612th Bomb Squadron. Awards: SS, DFC (OLC), AM (7OLC), Croix de Guerre, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 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

  • 42-102957 Fearless Fosdick

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/44; Kearney 3/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG Molesworth 23/4/44; transferred 612BS/401BG [SC-F] Deenethorpe 1/6/44; detailed Merseberg 11/9/44 with Morris Mohler, rest unknown bailed our safely (9 Returned to Duty);...

  • 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...

  • 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; to Gt Falls with Phil Sweet but force landed Pueblo, CO 10/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Cologne 28/5/44 with George West, Waist gunner: Hugh Russell, Tail gunner: Mike...

  • 42-31068 "Fool's Luck"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/9/43; Scott 22/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; on return from Merignac 31/12/43 with Capt Jere Maupin, Co-pilot: Earl Owens, Navigator: Capt Walt Eabererr, Bombardier: Capt Ron WEoodhouse, Flight engineer...

  • 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,...

  • 42-31081 Son of a Blitz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G ser. 42-31081, 'Son of A Blitz': ...

  • 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...

  • 42-31511 '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...

  • 42-31891 The Shape

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-P] Deenethorpe 15/2/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 1/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-38026 Sad Sack, My Day

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/11/43; Kearney 5/12/43; Presque Is 22/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-N] Deenethorpe 2/2/44; Missing in Action Kiel 19/5/44 with Marion Hagen, Co-pilot: John Dunn, Navigator: Wilbur Cordell, Bombardier: Fred Graham, Flight...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

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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 Lovilia, IA 30 May 1921
Enlisted 7 November 1942
Based Deenethorpe December 1943 – December 1944

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF

Discharged USAAF 11 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Carlsbad, NM 1 October 1987
Buried Carlsbad Cemetery Carlsbad, Eddy County, NM 4 October 1987

Carlsbad Cemetery
Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2021 21:25:38 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/62398838/joseph-r-amber

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2021 21:24:07 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname and nickname
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/62398838/joseph-r-amber

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2021 01:28:18 acbernstein1 Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1392

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2021 17:37:53 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/656951758?
https://www.fold3.com/record/64034314/joe-r-amber-social-security-death-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/618450954/joe-amber-1921-veterans-affairs-b...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=632

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