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Harry William Ahlers

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions.

Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • John Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Harry Ahlers crew. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Merle Boyce

    Military | Colonel | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Harry Ahlers crew. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Herbert Clark

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Harry Ahlers crew. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Robert Cropp

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Harry Ahlers cew. He joined the 401st at Deenethorpe in late 1944 flying on his first mission in January 1945 and flying a further 18 as co-pilot before taking over as pilot for the final 16. ...

  • Adam Czubat

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Harry Ahlers crew. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Armand Galfo

    Military | Colonel | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Harry Ahlers crew. ...

  • Henry Moos

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Harry Ahlers crew. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Cleon Sires

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31891 The Shape

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-P] Deenethorpe 15/2/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 1/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-38541 Diabolical Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/8/44; Lincoln 24/8/44; Grenier 18/9/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-F] Deenethorpe 17/10/44; 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...

Missions

  • 851

    27 February 1945

  • 857

    1 March 1945

  • 859

    2 March 1945

  • 861

    3 March 1945

  • 863

    4 March 1945

  • 872

    8 March 1945
    Mission 872: 1,353 bombers and 326 fighters are dispatched to hit benzol plants, an oil plant and rail targets in Germany using PFF; NO AIRCRAFT ARE LOST AND THERE ARE NO CASUALTIES! ...

  • 883

    12 March 1945
    Heavies Hit Near Rhine, Along Baltic ...

  • 886

    14 March 1945
    "1,250 Heavies Strike Tanks, Gun Factories Near Hanover" ...

  • 892

    17 March 1945

  • 894

    18 March 1945

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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 New York 21 January 1921

Son of John and Catherine [Apel] Ahlers.

Enlisted New York City, NY 25 June 1942

New York City, New York

Based Deenethorpe February 1945 – May 1945

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF January 1946

Honourable discharge.

Died Hopedale, Tazewell County, IL 11 February 2011
Buried Minier Cemetery Minier, Tazewell County, IL 14 February 2011

Minier Cemetery
Minier,
Tazewell County, Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2021 01:05:30 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=0001

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2021 19:28:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/695147596
https://www.fold3.com/record/284247288/harry-w-ahlers-social-security-de...
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=0001
https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/21090323/Harry-Ahlers
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65578834/harry-william-ahlers

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:29 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=1

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