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Victor J Grzymkowski

Military

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 Aphrodite: BATTY, AZON, RAZON

Service

Units served with

  • 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...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102431 Slick Chick

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 447BG Rattlesden 22/4/44; transferred 550BS/385BG [SG-Y] Gt Ashfield 23/4/44; battle damaged Mannheim 21/1/45 with Alfred Jacobsen; crash landed Pottswick Hall, Bradwell, Ex, UK,...

  • 42-107226

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 28/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 22/4/44; no crew on board as parked in revetment was hit on take off by P-51 at Honington A/fd 30/7/44.

  • 42-30819 Shack Bunny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/43; Gr Isle 12/8/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-U] Gt Ashfield 25/8/43 SHACK BUNNY; (given in 8AF book by Gregory Pons as Missing in Action Kiel 13/12/43 with nine POWS and one Killed in Action); Salvaged n/battle damaged 29/5/45...

  • 42-31171

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/9/43; Gr Island 9/10/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-P] Gt Ashfield 21/10/43; non op trip to pick up crew of 42-97367 which force landed the previous day at RAF Woodbridge, with Capt Larry Alexander, Co-pilot: A. Chealander,...

  • 42-31378 Rum Dum

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Memphis 18/11/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-M] Gt Ashfield 1/12/43; with Muchow force landed Germany; 100+m, n/battle damaged force landed Troston AD with Mike Brochmann 30/5/45; Salvaged. RUM DUM.

  • 42-31762 Junior aka Crash Wagon III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Gt Falls 16/12/43; Denver 20/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 15/1/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-M] Gt Ashfield 17/1/44; Missing in Action French A/fds 12/6/44 with Loren Jackson, Co-pilot: Ross Blake, Bombardier: Joe...

  • 42-31917 Off Spring

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/1/44; Kearney 13/1/44; Grenier 26/1/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [SG-S] Gt Ashfield 2/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Capt Rich White, Co-pilot: Clarry Gittins, Navigator: Jim Johnston, Bombardier: Pat Flanagan, Flight...

  • 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.

  • 42-37754 Who Dat - The Dingbat!

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/8/43; Assigned 534BS/381 BG [GD-K] Ridgewell 20/9/43; on 9th mission Rheims 28/3/44 with Dan Henry, Co-pilot: Bob Chrisler, Navigator: Fred Beardsworth, Bombardier: Rudi Jaciak, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sebastian Quaresma,...

  • 42-37818 Pub Pete

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43; Gr Island 30/9/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-D] Framlingham 7/10/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 21/1/44 with Clyde Baugher, Co-pilot: Elmer Schwankl, Bombardier: Paul Fabian, Waist gunner: Phil Marizzaldi chute failed ...

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Missions

  • 364

    23 May 1944

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 382

    31 May 1944
    Bombed the marshaling yards. Heavy flak but no hits.

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 421

    18 June 1944

  • 424

    19 June 1944

  • 8th Air Force 441

    25 June 1944

Events

Event Location Date
Born Norwich, Connecticut 3 May 1921
Died Bozrah,CT 9 October 1995

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2019 23:46:01 littlebird Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.385thbga.com

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2019 23:36:26 littlebird Changes to mission associations
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Dad's personal mission list

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2019 22:10:46 littlebird Changes to biography
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personal history

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2019 22:08:39 littlebird Changes to biography and events
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personal history

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2019 23:51:33 littlebird Changes to role
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personal bio

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2019 23:07:09 littlebird Changes to highest rank, awards and unit associations
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personal history

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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