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42-97530

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/12/43; Kearney 28/12/43; Presque Is 21/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Gt Ashfield 25/1/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 1/12/45.

Capt Frederick H Ihlenburg was the pilot aboard "Quittin' Time" on the 8-May-44 mission to Berlin. - "The oxygen ran out, we had to leave formation; 6 x e/a attacked, shooting out #2 engine and both gas tanks in left wing, ball and tail gunners shot down a Me109 each, we lost another engine and the radio, ball gunner was hit in turret, removing himself to the radio room where he and the radio operator were hit in yet another attack. The top turret gunner was knocked out of his turret, having been hit in the neck and eye. Over the channel, e/a abandoned us, to our fate and whilst some of the crew attended to the wounded, others ejecting everything to get the weight down. Emeregency boost got us just over the White Cliffs and we landed at RAF Manston, whereupon touching down one of the wings pretty much broke off, we had 5 spars cut and counted some 67 holes."

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Albers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 October 1944 in B-17 #4297275 'Rodger, the Dodger. ' died 10/7/44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9522 ...

  • Danny Altman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on B-17 'Jeanne Rickey' for 25 x combat missions. Had 2 x missions on D-Day, 4 x bombing missions to Berlin. ...

  • Robert Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Claimed Me109 on 8-May-44 Berlin mission in B-17 42-97530, flying tail gunner for 1Lt Frederick H Ihlenburg. "Quittin' Time" and crew barely made it home over white cliffs of Dover to an RAF...

  • Robert Claar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Had sun glasses shot off his nose on 8-May-44 Berlin mission in B-17 42-97530, co-piloting for 1Lt Frederick H Ihlenburg. "Quittin' Time" and crew barely made it home over white cliffs of Dover...

  • Frederick Ihlenburg

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD ...

Missions

  • 344

    8 May 1944

Places

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Vega.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 13 December 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 13-Dec-43.

Assigned Great Ashfield, UK 25 January 1944

Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF.

Battle Damaged RAF Manston, UK 8 May 1944

Battle damaged Berlin 8-May-44 Fred Ihlenburg; e/a hit 2 x engines, A/C fought off fighters to stagger back over White Cliffs to RAF Manston. 5 x spars cut, 67 x holes counted. 10 RTD.

Crashed RAF Halton, UK 10 July 1944

Force Landing out of Fuel, RAF Halton 10-Jul-44; Cat 5 damage, Lt ??

Returned ZI Bradley AAF, CT 26 June 1945

Returned to the USA Bradley AAF 26-Jun-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2019 15:03:13 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.385thbga.com/wp-content/uploads/Newsletter-May-2000.pdf
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=98008
https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/AARmonthly/Jul1944O.htm
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=98008

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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