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Millard Hodson French

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat mission. ETD

Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • James Allcroft

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions. Awards: AM (5OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Floyd Beck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions. Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Thomas Cannon

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions. Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Arthur Devore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions. Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Arthur Hansen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions. Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Jerry Johnson

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

  • Wesley La Grange

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. Millard French crew. Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • William McHale

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions. Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

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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

  • 42-102398 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.

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 Greene County, OH 26 January 1922
Enlisted Columbus, OH 2 October 1942

Columbus, Ohio

Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 1945

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

Discharged USAAF 14 April 1944

Honourable discharge.

Died Greene County, OH 26 March 1977
Buried Fairview Cemetery Jeffersonville, Fayette County, OH 29 March 1977

Fairview Cemetery
Jeffersonville,
Fayette County, Ohio

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