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
B-17 Aluminum Overcast

398th Site

  1. What's New! - click here to see the latest updates to the site
  2. What's New, Recent Archive
  3. How to Search for Veterans and Other Information on the 398th Site
  4. 398th Web Site Statistics
  5. Volunteers Needed
  6. The Web Page Volunteers
  7. 398th Webmaster



Opening times for the Nuthampstead Airfield Museum are as follows:
April through October, every second and last Sunday of the month. 10 am to 4 pm



By appointment. Please call 07535 990538 at least 48 hours prior to your visit and the volunteers of the museum will endeavor to open it for you.


Talks benefiting the Nuthampstead Airfield Museum
are held at
The Woodman Inn, Nuthampstead, near Royston, Herts SG8 8NB

Link to The Woodman Inn's website

Arrive 7:30pm for 8:00pm prompt start.
£10 per person - booking recommended - refreshments will be available to purchase from the bar.
Everyone is welcome!!


'The Secret Wireless War", is about the radio stations that were set up during WW2 aimed at spreading disinformation to Germany and Italy. They were run from Woburn Abbey by the black propaganda arm of the British Government and operated from secret buildings in and around Bedfordshire.


Discover the fascinating history of the American bomber base, Station 131, that once stood on the Scales Park estate. Construction began in 1942, with 55th FG Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighters occupying the site by the end of 1943, followed by 398th BG B-17s in April 1944. In 1959, the base closed and returned to its agricultural roots, but remnants of the "American Invasion" still linger, waiting to be explored by those in the know.

​ Join our knowledgeable guide, Ivor Warne, on one of our regular walk and talk events.
Delve into the secrets of this historic airfield, uncovering stories of the brave GIs who served here and their invaluable contributions to the war effort.

The walk is limited to 20 people and will take about 2 hours. We strongly suggest wearing sensible shoes!

Next Walk: Saturday 20 July

Please pre-register for this event through the Woodman Inn's website under "Events".
Cost is £7.50 per person. Arrive from 9:30am for a 10am prompt start.

Please take a moment to browse our 398th BGMA PX! In addition to our wide selection of merchandise, you might also consider a 2024 398th BGMA membership gift for your family and friends. Membership is still only $20.00 per year per person. Lifetime membership is $100.00 per person. All memberships include receiving our quarterly newsletter, the FLAK NEWS.

Reunions and Tours

  1. Annual Reunions and Tours

    Our 40th 398th BGMA Stateside reunion was held in
    BROOKFIELD, WISCONSIN - June 19 - 23, 2024.

    The hotel was the Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Brookfield Conference Center
    265 S Moorland Rd, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005.
    It is only one hour away from the EAA Museum, which is currently housing the Aluminum Overcast, the EAA's vintage B-17 painted in the 398th's colors!

    The reunion recap article and photos are not yet available but will be posted at a later date

    If you have questions regarding the 398th BGMA 2024 reunion in Brookfield, WI, please contact Ken Howard our 398th Reunion Coordinator.

    • 50th Annual 8th AFHS Reunion: New Orleans, Louisiana. - September 25 - 29, 2024
      Hosted by the 8th Air Force Historical Society
      Hotel Reservation Information, Registration Instructions and Registration Form, Program Schedule and Tour Descriptions are available on the 8th AFHS website: Click here.

    The UK Tour to Station 131 was May 25 - 27, 2024

    The hotel was the Hilton Cambridge City Centre, 20 Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3DT. It is centrally located in Cambridge with many restaurants, pubs and attractions within walking distance.

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
  6. The Nuthampstead Airfield Museum Website

398th PX

  1. 398th PX - Revised September 2023 - NEW ITEMS!!
  2. New order form


  1. Flak News - Complete Issues 1986-2018. Searchable PDF's
  2. Flak News Articles
  3. Remembrances Articles
  4. 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 AAF Portrait Photos
  2. 398th Identified Crew Photos
  3. 398th Unidentified Crew Photos (input requested)
  4. 398th Reunion and Tour Photo Collection
  5. 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. 398th Focused Books, CD's & Videos - A new book,The B-17 Tomahawk Warrior: A WWII Final Honor by David Huntley added February 2024
  5. Additional 398th Research Information
  6. FAQ's about Army Air Force Terms in WWII
  7. Identification Help Is Needed!