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44-8143

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 23/6/44; Langley 26/7/44; Dow Fd 13/8/44; Assigned 333BS/94BG Rougham 15/8/44; transferred 548BS/385BG [HR-V] Gt Ashfield 19/8/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/10/44 with Capt Jack Batty, Capt Edwin Herron, Mike Galicia, Lou DiNicola, Lt Bill Daniels mickey op, Ellwood Maxam, Lt Edgar Griffith tg, (7 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Senke, Ger; 7KIA 3POW; Missing Air Crew Report 9516.

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

  • Jack Batty

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Senske in B-17 44-8143

  • William Daniels

    Military | Lieutenant | Mickey Operator, Pathfinder Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Senske in B-17 #448143

  • Louis DiNicola

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Senske in B-17 #448143

  • Casper Fields

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Senske on 10/6/44 in B-17 #448143

  • Michael Galicia

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Senske in B-17 #448143

  • Edgar Griffith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Senske in B-17 #448143

  • Edwin Herron

    Military | Captain | Co-pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30836 'Dragon Lady. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Was reported ' Killed in Action (KIA)' But picked up in time by Air Sea Rescue. Received DFC for helping to save 6 crewmen by pulling them into dinghy, although hands...

  • Joseph Jones

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 10/6/44 in B-17 #448143

  • Ellwood Maxam

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Senske in B-17 #448143

  • Robert McGhee

    Military | Captain | Bombardier, D R Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft III. Plane crashed at Senske on 10/6/44 in B-17 44-8143. Entire group was destroyed.

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • 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 18:41:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9516 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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