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Francis W Anthony



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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron


  • 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...

  • 42-107113 'Miss Aldaflak' 'Section 8'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/2/44; Gr Island 7/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-J] Deenethorpe 2/5/44; 612BS [SC-O]; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 43-37859 Jeanne

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/44; Kearney 8/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-D] Deenethorpe 10/7/44; Missing in Action Orleans 1/8/44 with Bob Sproul, Co-pilot: Don Bennett, Navigator: Tom Ellington, Bombardier: Jim Moon, Flight engineer/top...

  • 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.

  • 44-6146 'Little Cheezer'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/5/44; Kearney 24/5/44; Dow Fd 1/6/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-R] Deenethorpe 10/6/44; 613BS [IN-R]; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; Sth Plains 9/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 14...

  • 44-6310 'Rocky Lois'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 29/6/44; Dow Fd 11/7/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-P] Deenethorpe 23/7/44; Missing in Action Gaggenau 10/9/44 with Bill Woodward, Ball turret gunner: Theo Schappert (2 KIA - both dead in wreckage); Co-pilot: Jim Glidewell, Navigator:...


  • 397

    7 June 1944

  • 405

    11 June 1944
    Flew a sortie flight to the French Coast at 24,000 feet. 8th Combat Flight. No flak.

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 421

    18 June 1944

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

  • 432

    22 June 1944

  • 435

    23 June 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...


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Date Contributor Update
06 December 2021 21:37:22 acbernstein1 Changes to role, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:51 AAM AAM ingest

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