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George Charles Brand


2nd Lt George C Brand flew 34 missions with the 401st Bomb Group, from 6 July 1944, mission to 30 October 1944.

Brand was French, but enlisted in the US Army Air Forces,



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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...


  • 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...

  • 42-39993 '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. ...

  • 43-37632

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/5/44; Hunter 21/5/44; Dow Fd 4/6/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-L] Deenethorpe 10/6/44; Missing in Action Munster 30/9/44 with Otto Nagel, Co-pilot: Martin Holland, Navigator: Bernie Hodowski, Bombardier: Walt Wilchik, Flight...

  • 43-37790 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/44; Kearney 30/5/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 10/7/44; battle damaged 28/3/45 with ?; crash landed Belgium, 9RTD; Salvaged. LADY LUCK.


  • 397

    7 June 1944

  • 458

    7 July 1944

  • 460

    8 July 1944

  • 468

    12 July 1944

  • 476

    16 July 1944

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 503

    29 July 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...


Event Location Date
Based Deenethorpe


Date Contributor Update
26 September 2019 11:21:40 Emily Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Information provided by Gary Spector, for whom Brand was his guardian and father figure.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000,