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Ora Ralph Akins

Military

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x Combat missions. Carl Djernes crew. ETD

Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • Carl Djernes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x Combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (6OLC), 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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102468 'Farmer's Daughter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 3/5/44; 614BS [IW-S]; 106m, Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-107151 Cover Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 7/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-B] Deenethorpe 15/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 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...

  • 42-97869 'Hula Girl', 'Maid To Order'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; 88BG Hunter 19/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-H] Deenethorpe 8/6/44 MAID TO ORDER; 615BS [IY-A]; Missing in Action Munster 16/2/45 with Ernie Hansen, Joe Chuderewicz, Morton Greenberg, Jim Morrison, Ray Miller,...

  • 43-38425

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/8/44; Lincoln 27/8/44; Grenier 22/9/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-K] Deenethorpe 7/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 2/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38779 'Rough But Right'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 20/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-O] Deenethorpe 7/11/44; battle damaged Minster Stein 16/2/45 with ?; abandoned over RAF Bardney, UK; Salvaged 22/2/45. ROUGH BUT RIGHT.

Missions

  • 715

    16 November 1944

  • 720

    21 November 1944

  • 723

    25 November 1944

  • 725

    26 November 1944

  • 729

    29 November 1944

  • 746

    11 December 1944

  • 750

    15 December 1944

  • 769

    29 December 1944

  • 778

    3 January 1945

  • 781

    5 January 1945

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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 Liberty, Iowa 2 June 1923
Lived in Kamrar, Iowa 30 June 1942
Enlisted 1 November 1943
401st BG Combat Tour Deenethorpe Airfield, UK 16 November 1944 – 14 March 1945

37 x combat missions

Discharged USAAF 27 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Oregon 21 February 1977
Buried Williamette National Cemetery 3 March 1977

Willamette National Cemetery
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
PLOT O, 0, 2443

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2021 21:16:24 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=0810

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2021 15:00:00 Al_Skiff Changes to biography
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/264579/ora-ralph-akins

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2021 14:58:45 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/648819355
https://www.fold3.com/image/173069638
https://www.fold3.com/record/725297282/akins-ora-r-us-veterans-gravesite...
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/138673955
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/264579/ora-ralph-akins

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2021 03:52:07 466thHistorian Changes to role
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=0810

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2021 03:51:35 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, nickname, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/44010_12_00...
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=0810
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/264579/ora-ralph-akins

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:48 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=810

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