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Samuel Devan


Good Conduct Ribbon, EAME Ribbon with two (2) Bronze Stars, American Defense Service Ribbon, Air Medal with three (3) Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross.



  • John Ryan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    air medal

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Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 602nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97252 Devil's Mistress

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 6/5/44; no ops, transferred 510BS/351BG [TU-K] Polebrook 24/5/44; 103m Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45;...

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Born Pennsylvania, USA 19 June 1919
Lived in Nesquehoning, PA, USA 19 June 1919 – 1 March 1956
Enlisted Fort Meade, MD, USA 13 October 1941
Died 1 March 1956


Date Contributor Update
14 April 2017 06:28:39 Changes to awards

Source is Sam Devan's military discharge paperwork.

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2017 06:00:29 Changes to biography and events

I am Samuel Devan's Grandson and the information I added regarding his medals and awards comes directly from his Military Discharge paperwork.

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2016 01:13:53 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:56 AAM AAM ingest

398th History, Vol 1 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia