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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/43; Gr Isle 13/8/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-O] Gt Ashfield 25/8/43; designated war weary and transferred 17th Airborne Div; Salvaged n/battle damaged 12/6/45. ROUND TRIP TICKET III.



  • William Fife

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew 32 missions from March to September 1944. DFC/ AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO w/ battle star

  • Roger Palmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Roger Palmer served as an aerial gunner with the 549th Bomb Squadron of the 385th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Great Ashfield, England.

  • Mario Persechini

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Mario was born February 9, 1920 in Kenosha Wisconsin. Mario was a first generation American born of Italian immigrant parents. He and his older brother Lorenzo Persechini both joined the Army Air corps and both became bomber pilots. Mario flew 25...


  • 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
06 December 2016 10:01:14 Justyn Keeble Changes to nicknames

AAM, corrected spelling mistake in aircraft name.

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2015 19:24:57 jmchristel Changes to nicknames

Added nickname

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:34 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log