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Robert Frederick Alles


Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8F USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Jack Shepherd crew.

"Robert F Alles was my father. He flew 22 missions from Deenethorpe in early 1945. He flew as part of the crew of Bottle Baby. He passed away in 2007 at the age of 81."

Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).



  • Jacob Shepherd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron
  • 615th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38458 'Bottle Baby'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/44; Lincoln 15/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 10/9/44; transferred 613BS/401BG [IN-D] Deenethorpe 12/9/44; 615BS [IY-P]; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45;...

  • 44-6146 'Little Cheezer'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/5/44; Kearney 24/5/44; Dow Fd 1/6/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-R] Deenethorpe 10/6/44; 613BS [IN-R]; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; Sth Plains 9/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 14...

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 Wilkes-Barre, PA 7 September 1925

Son of Fred John and Florence [Birmer] Alles.

Enlisted Wilkes Barre, PA 19 November 1943

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Based Deenethorpe February 1945 – April 1945

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

Died Wilkes-Barre, PA 11 January 2007
Buried Saint Nicholas Cemetery Shavertown, Luzerne County, PA 14 January 2007

Saint Nicholas Cemetery
Shavertown, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania


Date Contributor Update
03 November 2021 14:08:09 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2018 15:31:31 Ralles55 Changes to role and biography

Son-Robert L Alles

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:24 AAM AAM ingest

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