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Allan Brooke Ainley Jr

Military

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Michael Kochel crew. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars)

Service

People

  • Michael Kochel

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), 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

  • 42-102468 'Farmer's Daughter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 3/5/44; 614BS [IW-S]; 106m, Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-102674 Packawalup III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Kearney 12/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 94BG Rougham 1/5/44; transferred 615BS/401BG [IY-M] Deenethorpe 19/5/44; battle damaged Frankfurt 5/11/44, force-landed at Great Dunmow, U.K. after sustaining extensive battle...

  • 42-31485 Old Ironsides

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/43; Gr Island 21/11/43; La Guardia 29/11/43; New York 1/12/43; Presque Is 2/12/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-X] Deenethorpe 6/1/44; RAF Stornaway 5/4/44, ret grp 6/4/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 9/6/45; Syracuse 10/6...

  • 42-97636

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/1/44; 1SAG Langley 4/2/44; Presque Is 13/3/44; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-P] Bassingbourn 27/4/44; transferred 351BG [ -L] Polebrook 14/6/44; 615BS/401BG [IY-H] Deenethorpe 26/8/44; in base landing accident with Paul Campbell 18/2/45;...

  • 42-97947

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/4/44; 1SAG Langley 16/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 8/7/44; transferred 612BS/401BG [SC-U] Deenethorpe 7/8/44; 613BS; transferred 305BG Chelveston 20/8/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/5/46.

  • 43-38077 'Tagalong', 'Duke's Mixture'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/6/44; Hunter 14/7/44; Grenier 24/7/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-Q] Deenethorpe 5/8/44 DUKE'S MIXTURE; 614BS [IW-H]; Returned to the USA Bradley 6//6/45; 4169 BU Sth Plains 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

  • 43-38125 Mary Makers

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/44; Hunter 13/7/44; Dow Fd 26/7/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-D] Deenethorpe 5/8/44; collided during assembly for Sterkrade 22/1/45 with Bob Deen, crashed three miles SE RAF Saltby, UK; Salvaged 24/1/45.

  • 44-8258

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 28/7/44; Hunter 29/8/44; Dow Fd 2/9/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-A] Deenethorpe 5/10/44; battle damaged Mannheim 11/12/44 with Capt Chapman; force landed Melsbroek A/fd, Bel; destroyed on ground by enemy aircraft 1/1/45; Salvaged 2/1/45.

  • 44-8371 'Badland Bat II', 'Freckles'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 23/8/44; Langley 29/8/44; Dow Fd 20/10/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-M] 1/12/44 FRECKLES, a PFF ship; Missing in Action Minster Stein 16/2/45 with Capt Stephen Lozinski, Maj Melvin Pfund, Lou Rush, Cyril Martin, Joe Concino, Chas Smith,...

  • 44-8449

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 19/9/44; Hunter 15/10/44; Dow Fd 25/10/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-F] Deenethorpe 10/11/44; 613BS [IN-P]; transferred 305BG Chelveston 19/4/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 23/5/46.

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Missions

  • 552

    14 August 1944

  • 562

    18 August 1944
    We led the Wing to France to bomb a fuel dump. Made 3 runs on the target. We hit it on the third run. Major Harmon flew Pilot; 12000 feet altitude.

  • 568

    24 August 1944

  • 570

    25 August 1944

  • 572

    25 August 1944

  • 584

    27 August 1944

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

  • 628

    13 September 1944

  • 642

    19 September 1944

  • 652

    28 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
Born Bronx, NY 26 March 1924

Son Allan Brooke of Sr and Alice Ainley.

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 15 December 1942

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based Deenethorpe August 1944 – April 1945

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

Discharged USAAF 22 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Branford, CT 26 December 1988
Buried Branford Center Cemetery Branford, New Haven County, CT 29 December 1988

Branford Center Cemetery
Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2021 01:46:33 acbernstein1 Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2954

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2021 20:53:16 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40074202/allan-brooke-ainley

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2021 15:58:49 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40074202/allan-brooke-ainley

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2021 14:41:23 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40074202/allan-brooke-ainley

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2021 14:36:15 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/32157604
https://www.fold3.com/image/673857274
https://www.fold3.com/record/13077771/allan-b-ainley-social-security-dea...
https://www.fold3.com/record/83872517/allan-b-ainley-jr-wwii-army-enlist...
https://www.fold3.com/record/626648502/allan-ainley-1924-veterans-affair...
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2954
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40074202/allan-brooke-ainley

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:27 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=2954

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