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William M Eaton

Military

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Clyde Lewis crew. On 1-Jan-44. B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home' lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck another parked B-17. RTD

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • Clyde Lewis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On 1-Jan-44. B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home' lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck another parked B-17. RTD. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 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

  • 42-37928

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/10/43; Gr Island 31/10/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG (PY- ] Podington 1/12/43. While parked at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944, was hit by 42-40002 of 616BS/401BG which losing brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing, ground looped and...

  • 42-40002 'Breezing Home'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 19/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-D] Deenethorpe 29/12/43. Involved in parking accident at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944. 42-40002 lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck...

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
Based Deenethorpe December 1943 – September 1944

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Lived in Missouri

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2021 14:48:56 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=757
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Crews/Details.aspx?CrewId=13231
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/133367483

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of 8th AF, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=757

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