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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 385th Bomb Group are sighted flying through anti-aircraft fire from the tail gun position of another B-17. Image via Lieutenant Clark Barton Rollins Jr, Pilot of the 385th Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: 'View from tail, flak and rocket trail?'



  • 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...


  • Clark Rollins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Flew 30 missions over Europe with a lead crew. Received lot of flak and enemy fighter attacks, lost engines, etc. , but always made it back to the base. After it was all over, it was a wonderful experience. AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:37:01 AAM AAM ingest

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