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42-31591

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 9/12/43; Grenier 20/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 25/1/44; transferred 613BS/401BG [IN-J] Deenethorpe 11/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 19/3/44, force landed continent; Salvaged 1 SAD Troston 22/4/44; mission to Weimar 24/8/44 with F. Carson, Co-pilot: M.E. Moe, Navigator: H.E. Lawless, Bombardier: W. Bucher, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: R.B. McGehee, Ball turret gunner: J.J. Geraldi, Waist gunner: L. James, Tail gunner: H. Quist (8 Returned to Duty); Radio Operator: Bill Mathais (Killed in Action); HOMESICK ANGEL.

Service

Units

  • 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

People

  • John Akers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot - B-17 Flying Fortress | 457th Bomb Group
    John Akers Jr grew up in Greenville, TX on a cotton farm. Graduated High School May 1939. His days consisted of working the cotton farm with 2 mules and picking the cotton. After seeing the events of Pearl Harbor during his time in the civilian...

  • Lee Belknap

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Boggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Boller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Connolly

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. ETD (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Maurice Friedman

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC (OLC), AM(3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Barclay Hurley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Karre

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Matt Maharick or 'Jack' Shepherd crew*. 33 or 22 x missions* ...

  • Thomas Krise

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Carl Landwehr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Gunner, Enlisted | 401st Bomb Group

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Places

  • 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...

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2021 01:07:59 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31591

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2020 20:47:56 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2015 15:19:28 A. van Erp Changes to nicknames
Sources

www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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