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42-30737

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 21/7/43; Love 23/7/43; Dyersburg 9/8/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-S] Gt Ashfield 3/9/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44 with Wesley Krause, Navigator: Bob Dwyer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ron Hanaver, Radio Operator: John Peterson, Ball turret gunner: Francis Mills, Waist gunner: Willie Partin, Waist gunner: Ralph Kelley,Tail gunner: Jim Kennedy (8 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Harry Waller, Bombardier: Orla Huddlestone (2KIA-both in ariel attack); enemy aircraft, crashed St Quentin-sur-Coole, six miles S of Chalons-sur-Marne, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 3245. OHIO AIR FORCE.

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...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Dwyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsberg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30737 'Ohio Air Force' crashed S of Chalons-sur-Marne, FR after exploding in mid-air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ronald Hanauer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsberg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30737 'Ohio Air Force' crashed S of Chalons-sur-Marne, FR after exploding in mid-air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Orla Huddleston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsberg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30737 'Ohio Air Force' crashed S of Chalons-sur-Marne, FR after exploding in mid-air. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ralph Kelley

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsberg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30737 'Ohio Air Force' crashed S of Chalons-sur-Marne, FR after exploding in mid-air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Kennedy

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsberg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30737 'Ohio Air Force' crashed S of Chalons-sur-Marne, FR after exploding in mid-air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wesley Krause

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsberg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17F 42-30737 'Ohio Air Force'. Crashed S of Chalons-sur-Marne, FR after exploding in mid-air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis Mills

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsberg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30737 'Ohio Air Force' crashed S of Chalons-sur-Marne, FR after exploding in mid-air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Willie Partin

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsberg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30737 'Ohio Air Force' crashed S of Chalons-sur-Marne, FR after exploding in mid-air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Peterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsberg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30737 'Ohio Air Force' crashed S of Chalons-sur-Marne, FR after exploding in mid-air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Richey

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Ohio Air Force' AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ EAME

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

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 16 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2020 06:39:12 Bianca Barbato Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.385thbga.com/records/database/

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 22:37:56 CRJohnstonjr Changes to person associations
Sources

Mission records
and photograph

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 22:35:58 CRJohnstonjr Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

photo from??? of Ohio Air Force

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3245 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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