398th Web Pages

Welcome to the official 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association Web Pages, or informally the 398th Web Pages.

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The 398th was part of the 8th Air Force 1st Air Division during WWII and was one of many B-17 Bomb Groups stationed in England. The 398th was formed in the United States in 1943 and was stationed in Nuthampstead, England from April 1944 until June 1945.

B-17 Aluminum Overcast
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398th Site

  1. What's New Since April 2013
  2. What's New, Recent Archive
  3. Searching for Veterans on the 398th Site
  4. 398th Web Site Statistics
  5. Volunteers Needed
  6. The Web Page Volunteers
  7. 398th Webmaster



Please join us August 12 - 16, 2015 for our 398th BGMA Annual Reunion in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The deadline to return Reunion Registration Forms to Ken Howard is JULY 1, 2015 and the deadline to make hotel reservations is JULY 15, 2015!

Complete details are outlined in our "Reunions & Tours" section in the upper right hand column of this page.

In Remembrance

Joe K. Mansell

We regret to inform you that another of our 398th heroes, Joe K. Mansell, passed away on May 23rd, 2015. Joe [flight engineer with the Doerr Crew, 602nd Squadron] served on our Board of Directors for many years. We will miss him very much.

In lieu of flowers, Joe's family would like donations sent to the 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Joe Mansell, please make checks payable to the 398th BGMA and mail to our Treasurer, Melisa Ledlow, 16210 Breakwater Path Dr, Houston, TX 77044-1112

Your crew awaits you at 30,000 feet Joe. May you rest in peace.

Please take a moment to browse our 398th BGMA PX! In addition to our wide selection of merchandise, you might also consider a 2015 398th BGMA membership gift for your family and friends. Membership is only $20.00 per year per person. Lifetime membership is $100.00 per person. All memberships include receiving our excellent quarterly newsletter, the FLAK NEWS.

Reunions and Tours

  1. Next Reunion: New Orleans, Louisiana - August 12 - 16, 2015
  2. Click here for Reunion details. Details will also be available in the April 2015 Flak News.
  3. Annual Reunions and Tours: Biennial Memorial Service, Nuthampstead, England - was held June 13-15, 2014. Click the link above for information and photos of this successful event.

Information for Members

  1. 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association
  2. Official Board
  3. Dues and Contributions
  4. Prospective Member Information
  5. Nuthampstead Airfield Museum News - New!

398th PX

  1. 398th PX - New Items as of September 2014!
  2. New order form


  1. Flak News Articles
  2. Remembrances Articles
  3. Friends of the 398th

Personal Remembrances

  1. 398th Veteran's WWII Personal Histories
  2. 398th Timeless Voices Interviews
  3. Other 398th Personal History on the Web

Mission Information

  1. 398th Missions and Descriptions
  2. 398th Mission Info Index
  3. 398th Combat Diaries


  1. 398th Identified Crew Photos
  2. 398th Unidentified Crew Photos (input requested)
  3. 398th Reunion and Tour Photo Collection
  4. 398th Photo Collections


  1. Brief History of the 398th
  2. Chapters in the 398th Experience
  3. 398th Group and Squadron Information
  4. 398th History Index - Full listing

Key Lists

  1. 398th Original Crews from Rapid City
  2. 398th Missing Air Crew Reports
  3. 398th Killed in Action
  4. 398th POWs
  5. 398th Monuments
  6. 398th Individual Awards
  7. 398th Aircraft Histories Lists
  8. Additional 398th Key Lists


  1. Links to Other Web Sites
  2. Identifying 398th B-17s
  3. 398th Combat Formations
  4. FAQ's about Army Air Force Terms in WWII
  5. Additional 398th Research Information
  6. Identification Help Is Needed!