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42-3490

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 11/7/43; Grenier 18/8/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-F] 549BS/385BG [XA-] Alconbury 20/8/43 (H2-X); Missing in Action Berlin 21/6/44 with Matt Totter, Bill Lynch, Ernie Ven Der Heyden, Albt Strahle, Warren Rissmiller, Walter Lynch, Roy Rayle, John Ranz, Craig Lewis, Bob Stafford (10INT); force landed Sweden; Missing Air Crew Report 5919. Became Swedish air-liner SE-BAN; Written off 10/1948.

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...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron
  • 812th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ernest Hayden

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group

  • Craig Lewis

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #423490 INT

  • Walter Lynch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #423490 INT

  • William Lynch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #423490 INT

  • John Ranz

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #423490 INT

  • Roy Rayle

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #423490 Interred there and then escaped from Sweden in the bottom of a boat and got back to England.

  • Warren Rissmiller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #423490 INT

  • Robert Stafford

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #423490 INT

  • Albert Strahle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group

  • Matthew Totter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 in B-17 #423490 INT

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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 21 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2019 21:44:57 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

AAM image

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2018 14:49:23 Paul Bellamy Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Unit and station assignments from existing information on page.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5919 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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