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Donald Ramone Kent

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Service

People

  • Archie Baumann

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew with James Crew.

  • Willard Branch

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew on James Crew

  • Clarence Cassidy

    Military | First Lieutenant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Herbert James

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Among other planes flew on Shark Tooth

  • Lynn McCallon

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • George Menzel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier; Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions, flew 22 as Bombardier and 13 as a navigator in 5 months, 6 days. Tour began 25 Oct 44. After the war got a law degree and then joined the FBI. Stationed at Sav'h GA

  • Robert Parker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew with James Crew

  • Victor Parker

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew on James Crew

  • Walter Sassmannshausen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew on James Crew, 11 missions. The crew returned the B-17 'Shark Tooth' to the US after the war. They did fly on it but not exclusively. Air Medal, etc

  • Melvin Toloso

    Military | Major | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew with James Crew. Completed 29 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-107151 Cover Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 7/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-B] Deenethorpe 15/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 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...

  • 42-97395

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/2/44; Kearney 17/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-F] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; mechanical fault, with Dave Stauffer, caused fire and burnt out at RAF Saltby 25/43/45; 111m, Salvaged 2 SAD 25/3/45. CHUTE THE WORKS.

  • 42-97664

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44; Presque Is 21/3/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-F] Deenethorpe 17/4/44; 612BS [SC-X]; force landed continent 10/5/45; Salvaged 2 SAD. AW COME ON.

  • 43-37602

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/44; Hunter 17/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 602BS/401 BG [IW-O] Deenethorpe 10/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38425

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/8/44; Lincoln 27/8/44; Grenier 22/9/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-K] Deenethorpe 7/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 2/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38565

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/8/44; Lincoln 6/9/44; Dow Fd 21/9/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-X] Deenethorpe 5/10/44; take off accident with Fred Babcock 1/2/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 2/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/6/45; Reconstruction...

  • 43-38677

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/9/44; Hunter 20/9/44; Grenier 28/9/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-K] Deenethorpe 11/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; 237 BU Kirtland 31/12/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 43-38738 'Gaposis' aka ''Becomin’ Back''

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Spokane 13/9/44; Lincoln 18/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-N] Deenethorpe 11/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38791

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 21/9/44; Dow Fd 15/10/44; Assigned 18BS/34BG Mendlesham 19/10/44 ((613BS/401BG [IN-G] Deenthorpe)); Missing in Action Holswickede, Ger 23/3/45 with Bolser; flak & mid air coll, crashed Hamm; 9KIA; Missing Air Crew Report 13598.

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Missions

  • 821

    6 February 1945

  • 824

    9 February 1945

  • 8AF 830

    14 February 1945

  • 833

    16 February 1945

  • 839

    21 February 1945

  • 851

    27 February 1945

  • 859

    2 March 1945

  • 889

    15 March 1945

  • 894

    18 March 1945

  • 896

    19 March 1945

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Associated Place

  • 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
03 July 2019 00:24:49 Don Kent Changes to awards
Sources

Information provided from personal document by his son

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2018 02:11:14 Don Kent Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Joined the Army Air Force in 1944 and retired from the US Air Force in 1966. Served in World War 2, Berlin Airlift, Korea, Guam, and Vietnam. Served stateside in Massachusetts, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona. and New Jersey.

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