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Page 199 of the 401st Bomb Group unit history.
Many of the 8th Air Force Groups produced an unofficial unit history in the months after the war ended in Europe but before they were redeployed out of the ETO (European Theater of Operations).

Resembling a college yearbook, unit histories were an unofficial – and often tongue-in-cheek – record of the unit’s time based in the UK. They include photo montages showing different aspects of base life. Often the servicemen in the photos are unnamed. The American Air Museum hopes that by adding unit histories to the website as individual pages, the men in the photos will be identified and associated to their person entries. Many included lists of personnel and a mailing address, providing a means for servicemen to keep in contact with each other after the war. These lists are now incredibly useful records of where US airmen in England in 1945 called their home.

Connections

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...

People

  • Harold Bowman

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
    Commanding Officer of 401st BG from June 1943 to 5 December 1944. ...

  • James Goodman

    Military | Captain | Pilot

  • Walter Harber

    Military | Captain

  • Julius Pickoff

    Military | Major | Bombardier; Navigator / Group Navigator
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Group bombardier. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: LOM (2OLC), DFC (3OLC), AM (5OLC), Defense, WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 42-32012 'Shark Tooth'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-P] Deenethorpe 5/3/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2017 14:37:01 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption and unit associations
Sources

An original copy of the 401st Bomb Group unit history in IWM’s Roger Freeman Collection, printed in 1946.

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