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42-98016

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 2/5/44; Kearney 16/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [XA-C] Gt Ashfield 2/8/44; Missing in Action Berlin (Spandau) 6/10/43 with Bob Funk, Bill Davis, George Curtis, Doug Randolph, Gene Cahill, Delmar Harmon, Burnie Goldson, Chester Foster (8 Killed in Action); Bob McNichols (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Friesack, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9524.

Service

Units

  • 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

  • Eugene Cahill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 October 1944 in B-17 #4298016 over Germany. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Curtis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed at Friesack in B-17 #4298016

  • William Davis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Friesack in B-17 #4298016

  • Chester Foster

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Friesack in B-17 #4298016

  • Robert Funk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Friesack in B-17 #4298016

  • Burnie Goldson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Friesack in B-17 #4298016

  • Delmar Harmon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Friesack in B-17 #4298016

  • Robert McNichols

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Friesack on 10/6/44 in B-17 42-98016

  • Douglas Randolph

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Friesack in B-17 #4298016

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 October 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9524 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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