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Cleon Dale Sires


Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions.

Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Harry Ahlers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31981

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/1/44; Savannah 25/1/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-E] Thorpe Abbotts 6/2/44; with Glenn Rojohn, Co-pilot: Bill Leek, Navigator: Bob Washington, Bombardier: Jim Shirley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Orville Elkin, Radio...

  • 43-38541 Diabolical Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/8/44; Lincoln 24/8/44; Grenier 18/9/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-F] Deenethorpe 17/10/44; 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...

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 New Albin, IA, USA 6 November 1924

Son of James Grant and Sarah Jane [Hahn] Sires.

Enlisted Camp Dodge, Herrold, IA 20 August 1943

Camp Dodge, Herrold, Iowa

Based Deenethorpe February 1945 – May 1945

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

Died Lansing, IA, USA 6 August 2001


Date Contributor Update
06 November 2021 20:04:19 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations

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21 October 2014 20:05:15 Deeply_Rooted Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, events and unit associations

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27 September 2014 18:06:26 AAM AAM ingest

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