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Charles H Aiken

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD

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

Service

People

  • John Barrow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Charles Aiken crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • David Benton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Lawerence Fenton

    Military | Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Ernest Gaal

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Charles Aiken crew. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Charles Hanford

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Charles Aiken crew. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Charles Osborne

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (9OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars). Post war: Remained in USAF till at least 1954.

  • Harry Peterson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Charles Aiken crew. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Edward Potter

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Charles Aiken crew. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

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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

    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

Aircraft

  • 42-102393 Diana Queen Of The Chase

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-R] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; 111m, Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal...

  • 42-102398 Dynamite John

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/2/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 20/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-H] Deenethorpe 13/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 42-106992 Baby Lu, Grin 'N Bear It

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/1/44; Dalhart 4/2/44; Presque 23/3/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; force landed continent 19/4/45; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold...

  • 42-39993 'Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13', 'Grossly Inadequate'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE. ...

Missions

  • 512

    3 August 1944

  • 519

    5 August 1944

  • 524

    6 August 1944

  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

  • 568

    24 August 1944

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

  • 619

    10 September 1944

  • 637

    17 September 1944

  • 642

    19 September 1944

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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
Lived in Duncan, OK 1942
Based Deenethorpe February 1944 – December 1944

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2021 01:20:11 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=0002

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2021 17:14:52 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Crews/Details.aspx?CrewId=10021
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/138673955

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:41 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=2

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