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42-31928

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/1/44; Kearney 15/1/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 6/2/44; destroyed on base by Luftwaffe bombing 23/5/44, possibly the only B-17 lost this way. POWERFUL KATRINKA.

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Aircraft

  • 42-31928 Powerful Katrinka

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/1/44; Kearney 15/1/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 6/2/44; destroyed on base by Luftwaffe bombing 23/5/44, possibly the only B-17 lost this way. POWERFUL KATRINKA.

People

  • 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

  • Victor Grzymkowski

    Military | Major | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to ETO UK, STA 155, Great Ashfield, 385th Bomb Group in April 1944; flew missions through June 1945. Was assigned temporary duty to 388th Bomb Group, Knettishall. Was sent to RAF STA 136 Winsfarthing, Fersfield for missions with Project...

Missions

  • 344

    8 May 1944

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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2019 20:38:11 littlebird Changes to aircraft associations, person associations and mission associations
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personal record

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2015 19:27:58 jmchristel Changes to nicknames
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Added nickname

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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