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George J Hellmuth

Military

As co-pilot on return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31090 'Nasty Habit' was instructed to land at RAF Matlask, Norfolk due to poor visibility at Deenethorpe. Upon landing on the grass strip, the a/c overshot the runway and went through two hedgerows and a road. RTD. Shot down by flak on a mission to Poix, France on 13 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31374 and crashed NW of Amiens, FR after 5 crewman baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

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  • Michael Devito

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On return from mission to Oschersleben on 11-Jan-44, B-17 42-31090 'Nasty Habit' was instructed to land at RAF Matlask, Norfolk due to poor visibility at Deenethorpe. Upon landing on the grass strip, the a/c...

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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31090 'Nasty Habit'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Scott 3/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-L] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; battle damaged Pas de Calais 14/1/44 with Harry Piper, Co-pilot: George Hellmuth, Navigator: Jim Coventry, Bombardier: Ray Gipson, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31374

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-B] Deenethorpe 14/1/44; Missing in Action Poix, Fr. 13/3/44 with George Hellmuth, Jim Hannon, Bob Wagner, Gordon Brandt, Francis Allen (5 Killed in Action); Ray Gipson, Jim Coventry, Jim Bailey,...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) France 13 March 1944
Died 13 March 1944
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3185 / MACR 3185, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=159 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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