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RAF Deenethorpe

   RAF Deenethorpe is situated 9 miles North East of Kettering in Northamptonshire. The base opened in 1943. It was known as USAAF Station: 128 when home to the bombers of 612, 613, 614, 615 Sqns of the 401st Bomb Group who flew 255 combat missions from here losing 95 B-17s between December 1943 and June 1945. For a year from June 1945 the site was used as No. 11 Recruitment Centre by the RAF. It was also used for many years by the Royal Observer Corps.

The airfield closed in 1946 and today the site is used for agriculture.

Squadrons stationed at Deenethorpe, Station 128.

  • 612th Bomb Squadron. 401st Bomb Group
  • 613th Bomb Squadron. 401st Bomb Group
  • 614th Bomb Squadron. 401st Bomb Group
  • 615th Bomb Squadron. 401st Bomb Group

Support Units at Station 128:
  • 450th Sub Depot
  • 78th Station Complement
  • 379th Service Squadron
  • 861st Chemical Company
  • 1597th Ordnance Supply and Maintenance Company
  • 1199th Military Police Company - Photo
  • 1209th Quartermaster Service Group
  • 2966th Finance Detachment
  • 860th Chemical Company
  • 18th Weather Detachment


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Those known to have served at

RAF Deenethorpe

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Sergeant Everett Wayne Stanley 613th Bomb Squadron 401st Bomb Group

My grandfather was the ball turret gunner on a B-17G. On April 29, 1944, his aircraft was shot down over Holland after bombing the railway yards in Berlin. All of the crew made it safely out of the aircraft. All of the crew were captured by German forces with the exception of one man. This man, Sgt. Watkins, was able to evade capture with the help of members of the Dutch Resistance and made it back to England. The rest of the crew were taken to Dulag Luft for interrogation. All of the enlisted crew members were sent to Stalag Luft 4. My grandfather however was sent to Stalag Luft 3 with all of the officers. They arrived a little more than a month after "The Great Escape". All of the crew members survived thier ordeal in the german prison camps and were later reunited after they were liberated by Gen. George Patton's 3rd Army. Sadly, my grandfather passed away from cancer. He never spoke of his experiences during the war. After much research, I now understand why. God bless all that served and let us never forget thier sacrifice.

Wayne Roberts

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