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44-6132

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 9/5/44; Hunter 19/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-B] Deenethorpe 8/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; Sth Plains 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 1/12/45.

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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clarence Bailey

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Member of Ford's Crew. Sgt Clarence Bailey flew 10 missions, from 04/04/1945, mission #241, to 04/20/1945, mission #254. He served as a Tail Gunner.

  • Francis Burns

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    Sgt Francis F. Burns flew 10 missions, from 04/04/1945, mission #241, to 04/20/1945, mission #254. He served as a Togglier.

  • Wilbur Ford

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Wilbur was born 6-Jan-17 and died 27-Jan-10 at the Audie Murphy Veterans Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He flew 10 x missions over Germany during WWII and his co-pilot was Terence Bennett McArron. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Terence McArron

    Military | Major | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    During WWII McArron flew several bombing missions over Germany. Following the war he joined the reserves and retired with the rank of Major. In addition to completing college with a BA, Terry had a full career with the US Postal service and retired as...

  • Philip Moody

    Military | Sergeant | Aerial Gunner; Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Member of Ford's crew ...

  • Lee Sherman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Arthur Jetter crew member. Flew 35 x missions. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x battle stars).

Missions

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 94

    24 June 1944

  • 451

    4 July 1944

  • 455

    6 July 1944

  • 458

    7 July 1944

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 476

    16 July 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.

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 494

    25 July 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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2021 02:24:29 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=6132

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2019 17:53:49 ptmcarron Changes to manufacturer and nicknames
Sources

Information provided by Patrick Terence McArron

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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