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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 29/11/44; Grenier 15/12/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-K] Gt Ashfield 17/12/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 29/11/45. GYPSY PRINCESS.



  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb 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...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron


  • Kimber Crowl

    Military | Captain | Co-pilot | 385th Bomb Group

  • James Manion

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group

  • Richard Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Richard was a waist gunner on a B-17 "Gypsy Princess" 43-39088 as a member of the Willner Crew. Flew 14 missions.


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:36 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log