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George Elwood West

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5309.

Awards: AM, PH

Service

People

  • Robert Andrus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Michael Lefkin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Douglas McKinnon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Montgomery

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alfred Morini

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW 'scared one away' (a FW)

  • Lloyd Nutter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

  • Francis Russell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Hugh Russell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5309. Awards: AM(3OLC), PH

  • Johnnie Womble

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW).

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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

    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...

  • 42-107039 Ice Cold Katy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Grenier 27/2/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45...

  • 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; to Gt Falls with Phil Sweet but force landed Pueblo, CO 10/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Cologne 28/5/44 with George West, Waist gunner: Hugh Russell, Tail gunner: Mike...

  • 42-31087 'Heaven Can Wait', 'Boche Buster'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/43; Gt Falls 28/9/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-K] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; Missing in Action Politz 7/10/44 with Tom Hill, Wilbur Schmedel, Theo Block, Junius Chadwick, Jim Mullins, Vic Shewbert, Ed Hellenbeck, Buddy Keith, Omer...

  • 42-31496 Salvo Sadie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/11/43; Kearney 27/11/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-Q] Deenethorpe 1/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 21/6/44 with Jack Atherton, Co-pilot: Don Awalt, Navigator: Dick Fitzmaurice, Bombardier: John Whelan, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-39979

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 23/10/43; Gr Island 13/11/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-H] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; Missing in Action Stettin 11/4/44 with Frank Kuhl, Co-pilot: Ed Czupryk, Navigator: Armand Sussman, Bombardier: Bill Urry, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-40050

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 16/11/43; Gr Island 4/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; Prestwick, UK 15/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Bordeaux 19/6/44 with Bill Massey, Bombardier: Lew Stelljes, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-97487 Hangover Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Presque Isle 19/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 12/1/44; crash landed base 3/10/44, Salvaged 2 SAD. HANGOVER HAVEN.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

  • 8th Air Force 255

    11 March 1944
    This mission is compsed of two separate elements. The first element is despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany as the primary target. The attack is made by B-17s from 1st Air Division. 3rd Air Division also sends B-17s to...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

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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 Salt Lake City, Utah 7 July 1915
401st BG Combat Tour Deenethorpe 30 December 1943 – 28 May 1944

Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Dessau, Dessau-Roßlau, Germany 28 May 1944

Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie. ' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5309.

Buried Salt Lake City, UT, USA 13 November 1948

Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 02:47:20 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1374

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2017 21:47:00 466thHistorian Changes to biography and person associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=90

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2017 03:56:02 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Crews/Details.aspx?CrewId=10901

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2017 03:55:15 466thHistorian Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Crews/Details.aspx?CrewId=10901

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2017 11:16:58 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28635565
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763414?terms=George%20E%20West
Mission 376: Battle Over the Reich, May 28, 1944 By Ivo de Jong
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=90
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/93534730/george-elwood-west

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5309, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=90

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