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Col. Elliott Vandevanter, Jr., third from left, commander of an 8th Air force Flying Fortress group, is shown with the officers who flew with him in the first invasion day bombing attack on French coastal positions. Col. Vandevanter, 26, led a fortress combat wing.

L-R: 1st Lt Roddy L Berry, 2nd Lt Joseph L Jones , Colonel Elliott Vandevanter Jr, 1st Lt Jack G W Batty.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb 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...


  • Jack Batty

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Senske in B-17 44-8143

  • Joseph Jones

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 10/6/44 in B-17 #448143

  • Elliott Vandevanter

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
    Brigadier General Elliott "Pete" Vandevanter Jr., was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1917. He is the son of the late Colonel Elliott Vandevanter, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army. Since his father's activities required frequent moves, he attended many grade...


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27 January 2018 12:02:35 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations