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Morey Byham Jeffery


Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD

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



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  • 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

  • 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

    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


  • 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...

  • 42-39765 Baby Lu III, Miss Manookie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/8/43; Scott 25/10/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 11/10/43 as BABY LU III; transferred 612BS/401BG [SC-A] Deenethorpe 14/11/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 8/4/44; (?with Roger Bishop from Keesler 22/2/45?)...

  • 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.

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...


Event Location Date
Born Ohio 10 September 1919

Son of Morey Potts and Edna Jeffery.

Enlisted Toledo, OH 2 April 1941

Toledo, Ohio

Based Deenethorpe December 1943 – December 1944

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

Discharged USAAF 16 December 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted 11 July 1949
Discharged USAF 31 October 1964

Honourable discharge.

Died 3 July 1988
Buried 6 July 1988

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia


Date Contributor Update
01 November 2021 16:29:36 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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23 January 2017 10:40:18 jeffery Changes to unit associations


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23 January 2017 10:37:12 jeffery Changes to place associations

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23 January 2017 10:32:48 jeffery Changes to highest rank and role

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23 January 2017 10:26:47 jeffery Changes to middlename, nickname and awards

Sandusky Register Star News April 23, 1947

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27 September 2014 18:20:20 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /