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44-8744

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 14/12/44; Grenier 22/12/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-L] Gt Ashfield 5/1/45; Missing in Action Parchim 7/4/45 with George Burich, Co-pilot: Willard Huggins, Navigator: Elwood Randall, Bob Bayne togg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wendel Rish, Radio Operator: Curtis Walker, Ball turret gunner: Jesse Clark, Paul Miller rcm, Charles Stewart tg(9 Killed in Action);

Rammed by Sonderkammando FW190, crashed Gifhorn, Ger, (in a field, now in 1994, used by gliders). Missing Air Crew Report 13721.

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...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bayne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) rammed by enemy aircraft and crashed near Gifhorn in B-17 #448744

  • George Burich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Rammed by enemy aircraft and crashed near Gifhorn in B-17 #448744

  • Jesse Clark

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) rammed by enemy aircraft and crashed near Gifhorn in B-17 #448744

  • Willard Huggins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) rammed gy enemy aircraft and crashed near Gifhorn in B-17 44-8744

  • Paul Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radar Counter Measures Operator, Radar Mechanic, Radio Counter Measures | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) rammed by enemy aircraft and crashed near Gifhorn in B-17 #448744 Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Demos Petropoulos

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) rammed by enemy aircraft and crashed near Gifhorn in B-17 #448744

  • Elwood Randall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) rammed by enemy aircraft and crashed near Gifhorn in B-17 #448744

  • Wendel Rish

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) rammed by enemy aircraft and crashed near Gifhorn in B-17 #448744. His name is on the Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery.

  • Robert Snowden

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group

  • Charles Stewart

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) rammed by enemy aircraft and crashed near Gifhorn in B-17 #448744

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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) Parchim, Germany 7 April 1945
Crashed 38518 Gifhorn, Germany 7 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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