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Kentucky Winner (42-102481) was flown only once on 18 Jan 1945 by Lester Wise, pilot, on a mission from Great Ashfield to Kaiserslautern. He flew several different b-17s before and after that mission.

Connections

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...

People

  • Lester Wise

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Lester Allen Wise was born June 27, 1922 and grew up on a farm in Midland, Michigan as an only child, son of Carry Addison Wise and Dora Ethel Sellers. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-102481 Kentucky Winner

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Grenier 19/4/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-P] Gt Ashfield 20/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Bill Cocker, Bill Chaney, Harold Morthorst, Bob Crider, Ellis Murray, Vince Figini, Joe Ryan, Harry...

Missions

  • 799

    18 January 1945

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 21:48:53 Virginiawise50 Changes to caption
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Virginia Wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 21:24:16 Virginiawise50 Changes to caption
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Virginia Wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise, B-17 pilot, 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 17:36:58 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations and mission associations
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Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 15:36:04 ssharkey Created entry with collection, unit associations and place associations
Sources

385 Bomb Group Website

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