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John Lee Allen

Military

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Clinton Parr

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: AM (3OLC), 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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31485 Old Ironsides

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/43; Gr Island 21/11/43; La Guardia 29/11/43; New York 1/12/43; Presque Is 2/12/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-X] Deenethorpe 6/1/44; RAF Stornaway 5/4/44, ret grp 6/4/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 9/6/45; Syracuse 10/6...

  • 42-37843 'Dry Run'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 19/9/43; Gt Falls 25/9/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-H] Deenethorpe 2/11/43; Missing in Action French A/flds 14/6/44 with Russell Schroeder (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bill Mountain, Navigator: Erroll Rice, Bombardier: Gene...

  • 42-37981 Belle of the Barbary Coast

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/11/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-P] Deenethorpe 3/12/43; Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with Jim Neill, Co-pilot: Elbert Hammond, Navigator: Alby Roddy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Moore, Radio...

  • 42-97073

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Alexandra 12/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-N] Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Vince Kaminski, Bombardier: Dee Black, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jack Agee, Radio Operator...

  • 42-97600

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/1/44; Langley 26/1/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 27/4/44; transferred 351BG [ -Y] Polebrook 14/6/44; 614BS/401BG [IW-Y] Deenethorpe 20/8/44; 613BS [IN-Y]. ...

  • 42-97947

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/4/44; 1SAG Langley 16/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 8/7/44; transferred 612BS/401BG [SC-U] Deenethorpe 7/8/44; 613BS; transferred 305BG Chelveston 20/8/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/5/46.

  • 43-37551

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/4/44; Kearney 11/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-L] Deenethorpe 1/6/44; 615BS [IY-L]; Missing in Action Berlin 28/3/45 with Joe McCullough, Norman Schock, John Maxwell, Pascal Santora, Nick Loris, Larry Genauer ...

Missions

  • 329

    30 April 1944

  • 332

    1 May 1944

  • 338

    4 May 1944

  • 347

    9 May 1944

  • 355

    13 May 1944

  • 358

    19 May 1944

  • 364

    23 May 1944

  • 367

    24 May 1944

  • 379

    29 May 1944
    Mission #2. The target was an aircraft assembly plant. Flak was exceedingly heavy. We were in the air 7-1/2 hours.

  • 382

    31 May 1944
    Bombed the marshaling yards. Heavy flak but no hits.

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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 Kingsport, TN 14 March 1924
Enlisted Fort Oglethorpe, GA 31 January 1943

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Based Deenethorpe March 1944 – September 1944

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK September 1944

Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Died 12 September 1979
Buried East Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery Kingsport, Sullivan County, TN

East Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2021 09:49:13 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/138675078
https://www.fold3.com/record/88101233/john-l-allen-wwii-army-enlistment-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/211425413/john-lee-allen

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2021 02:22:36 acbernstein1 Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=3025

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2018 13:58:14 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=3025

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:21 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=3025

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