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42-31485

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/43; Gr Island 21/11/43; La Guardia 29/11/43; New York 1/12/43; Presque Is 2/12/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-X] Deenethorpe 6/1/44; RAF Stornaway 5/4/44, ret grp 6/4/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 9/6/45; Syracuse 10/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; with George Charberg force landed South Plains 1/12/45; Recl Comp 7/6/46. OLD IRONSIDES.

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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • 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).

  • John Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Atkinson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

  • Charles Blevins

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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 Daniels

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald Hansen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Holland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, AM(3OLC), American Campaign, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x battle star).

  • Clinton Parr

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Louis Perez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 253

    9 March 1944
    Berlin is once again targeted by this mission as a secondary target. Primary target not listed in source data. All 3 Air Divisions despatch aircraft. There is very little fighter opposition. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

  • 315

    24 April 1944

  • 355

    13 May 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2021 17:23:48 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31485

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2021 23:58:59 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31485

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2021 20:59:26 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31485

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2021 14:16:41 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31485

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2020 21:35:20 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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