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42-102468

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 3/5/44; 614BS [IW-S]; 106m, Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 5/12/45.

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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron
  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Allan Ainley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Michael Kochel crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars)

  • Ora Akins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x Combat missions. Carl Djernes crew. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Joseph Allaire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Air Transport Technician, Radio Counter Measures | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Gene Viehman crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Rosenheim in B-17 43-38646 18-Apr-45; crashed near Krallsheim Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14175 ...

  • Charles Beeson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Michael Kochel crew. ETD Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Fred Brown

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot / Fighter pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions on B-17's as co-pilot to 1st Lt Fred D Grinham. ...

  • George Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Lee Gibson crew. Awards: AM , WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond Callahan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Michael Kochel crew. 39 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars). Post war: Served in Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

  • John Canale

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. Carl Djernes crew. ETD. ...

  • Donald Chiu

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x Combat missions. Carl Djernes crew. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Kenneth Cobbs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Michael Kochel crew. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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Missions

  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 388

    3 June 1944

  • 418

    17 June 1944

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 508

    1 August 1944

  • 512

    3 August 1944

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 5 March 1944
Manufactured Deenethorpe Airfield 3 May 1944

401BG
614BS
Flew 106 missions

Scrapped Kingman, AZ 4 December 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2021 18:40:53 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings and unit associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=102468

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2021 14:59:15 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=102468

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2021 14:46:02 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=102468

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2020 01:58:30 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/b17/42-102468-the-farmers-daughter/42-10246...

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2020 01:57:27 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events and unit associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b17_16.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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