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Crew of various B 17 Fortresses that flew 13 missions before being shot down with flack on a bombing run to Merseberg on 21 Nov 1944.
The B 17 was numbered 4297600. The plane pictured was for photo purposes only.
The crew was placed in German Prisoner of War Camps. SSGT James J Huffman is Back Row, 4th from the left. He was the right Waist Gunner



  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb 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...


  • James Huffman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed near Merseburg on 11/21/44 in B-17 42-97600.


  • 42-97600

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/1/44; Langley 26/1/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 27/4/44; transferred 351BG [ -Y] Polebrook 14/6/44; 614BS/401BG [IW-Y] Deenethorpe 20/8/44; 613BS [IN-Y]. ...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
31 March 2019 04:12:13 crfordy Changes to person associations

Correction made

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2019 04:10:57 crfordy Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Photo was inherited by me after my fathers death