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Loren J Close

Military

Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • George Snyder

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew six missions before war ended.

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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31072 Betty J.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    This was the only original aircraft of the 401st BG to return to the USA after the war. The aircraft was named after Lt. Bryan Shotts' Wife "Betty Jean Shotts". ...

  • 42-31983 Mary Alice

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Presque Is 18/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-G] Deenethorpe 7/3/44; detailed Munich 13/7/44 with L.H. Haskett, Tail gunner: Ed Page (Killed in Action); Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 6/6...

  • 43-38160 "Day and Night"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/7/44; Kearney 12/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-A] Deenethorpe 11/8/44; 615BS [IY-A]; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

Missions

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 Rosendale, WI 4 September 1921
Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 25 October 1940

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2021 09:15:09 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/685318924
https://www.fold3.com/record/84335175/loren-j-close-wwii-army-enlistment...
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2202

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 05:51:56 kraig@thedoerings.com Changes to role
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2202

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 05:45:30 kraig@thedoerings.com Changes to role, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2202

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:04 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=2202

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