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43-38210

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/7/44; Kearney 16/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-V] Gt Ashfield 4/8/44; Missing in Action Kiel 4/4/45 with Bob Ritchie, Adolph Bernacchi, Bill Simmons, Alvin Koblitz, Bill Miller, Gordon Fraser, Chas Chambers, Leo Lynch, Harry Fredericksen (9 Killed in Action); mid-air coll with 43-38639 (385BG), crashed North Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 13720. ANGEL’S SISTER.

Service

Aircraft

  • 43-38639 Shadie Sadie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/8/44; Patterson 8/9/44; Hunter 20/9/44; Grenier 26/9/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Great Ashfield 1/10/44; Missing in Action Kiel 4/4/45 with Capt Tim Crimmins, Capt Jim Murphy, Mercer Abernathy, Jim Dodd, Bob Bartlett, Bob...

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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...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Adolph Bernacchi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into Channel in B-17 #4338210

  • Charles Chambers

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Crashed into channel in B-17 #43-38210, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gordon Fraser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 #4338210

  • Harold Fredericksen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into Channel in B-17 #4338210

  • Thomas Kenny

    Military | Colonel | Command Pilot | 385th Bomb Group

  • Alvin Koblitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 #4338210

  • Leo Lynch

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 #4338210

  • William Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 #43-38210

  • Robert Ritchie

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 #4338210

  • William Simmons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed into channel in B-17 43-38210.

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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 4 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13720 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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