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Nephi Berkenpas

Military

Service

Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 508th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37705 The Little One

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/5/44; Kearney 23/5/44; Dow Fd 30/5/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-T] Polebrook 1/6/44; 511BS [DS-F]; ...

  • 43-38277

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/7/44; Hunter 16/7/44; Dow Fd 9/8/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-O] Polebrook 21/8/44; 509BS [RQ-O]; in base taxi accident with Ed Ashton 20/1/45; 59m Returned to the USA Bradley 12/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 15/6/45;...

  • 43-38799

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 21/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-Q] Polebrook 16/10/44; {62m} Returned to the USA Bradley 23/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 43-38813

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 25/9/44; Dow Fd 15/10/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-M] Polebrook 20/2/45; {39m} Returned to the USA Bradley 23/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 43-38954

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 21/10/44; Grenier 27/10/44; Assigned 305BG Chelveston 29/10/44; transferred 508BS/351BG [YB-G] Polebrook 2/1/45; {53m} Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 44-6082

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 25/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-B] Polebrook 30/5/44; 508BS [YB-D]; {85m} Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; Sth Plains 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-6108 Black Widow

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Accepted: 2 May 1944 ...

  • 44-6579

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 12/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-J] Polebrook 11/10/44; 508BS [YB-X]; transferred 401BG Deenethorpe 30/5/45; {56m} Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6/45; Sth Plains 10/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

Missions

  • 822

    7 February 1945

  • 824

    9 February 1945

  • 825

    10 February 1945
    'Disney' bombs are dropped on E-boat pens in Ijmuiden, Holland. The 4,500 lb rocket propelled bombs were designed to penetrated up to 20ft of concrete before exploding.

  • 8AF 830

    14 February 1945

  • 835

    19 February 1945
    1,100 Heavies Hit Nazi Rails ...

  • 843

    23 February 1945

  • 847

    25 February 1945
    "The Aerial Sledgehammer fashioned by bombers of the 8th and 15th Air Forces and the RAF fell on German communications and fuel supplies for the forth day in a row yesterday as 1,150 Fortresses and Liberators of the 8th hit railyards, airfields, an oil...

  • 851

    27 February 1945

  • 8th Air Force 911

    24 March 1945
    "8th AF Aided Paratroops ...

  • 8th Air Force 915

    26 March 1945

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Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2017 14:54:16 ryansurber Changes to place associations
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Great-Grandfather

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2017 00:37:26 ryansurber Changes to aircraft associations
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Great-Grandfather

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2017 00:17:24 ryansurber Changes to media associations
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Great-Grandfather

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2017 00:07:28 ryansurber Changes to mission associations
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Great-Grandfather

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2017 23:48:41 ryansurber Changes to role and awards
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Great-Grandfather

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2017 13:51:01 heatherlee Changes to firstname and highest rank
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My grandfather

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:27 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.351st.org/ken.harbour/

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