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Paul Gelman

Military

Flew missions with the 385th Bomb Group between 25 June 1944 - 12 October 1944.

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...

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,...

  • 42-107035 Reluctant Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Dow Fd 24/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 30/4/44; transferred 548BS/385BG [GX-L] Gt Ashfield 6/5/44; Missing in Action Bremen 26/9/44 with Chas Lundsberg, Co-pilot: J.M. Elzey, Navigator: Bob Smallman, Bombardier: John Wise,...

  • 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.

  • 42-32078 Barbara B

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Gr Island 17/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-C] Gt Ashfield 6/3/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-38031 Hit Parade Jr. aka Joker

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/11/43; Kearney 9/12/43; Presque Is 12/12/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [XA-M] Gt Ashfield 16/12/43; retUS Bradley 19/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-37663

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/5/44; Hunter 21/5/44; Grenier 1/6/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR- ] Gt Ashfield 7/6/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 29/7/44 with A.L. Benefield (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Dick Barry, Navigator: Herb Kozel, Bombardier: Leon Davidson...

  • 43-37842 Lenora Linda

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/5/44; Hunter 6/6/44; Dow Fd 17/6/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [XA-O] Gt Ashfield 1/7/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA...

  • 43-37857 Honey-Chile

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/44; Hunter 9/6/44; Dow Fd 28/6/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX- ] Gt Ashfield 1/7/44; Missing in Action Mannheim 21/1/45 with Capt John McErlane (Killed in Action); Earl Hansen, Jim Pillsbury, Paul Manouvier, J.L. Pence, Bill Rambo...

  • 43-37860

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/44; Hunter 9/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA- ] Gt Ashfield 4/7/44; Missing in Action Munster 5/10/44 with John Selmeier, Earl Boland, Harry Fitzner, Bill Weeks, Art Williams, John Pofelski, Andy Tsivis, Chas...

  • 43-38273 Sugar Jo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15 JUly 1944. Kearney 24 July 1944.Grenier 8 August 1944. Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-S] Gt Ashfield 13 August 1944. Mid-air collision on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) 8 killed : Pilot Alexander Rusecky; Co-Pilot George C....

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Missions

  • 142

    25 June 1944
    From his mission list for the 385th/548th, this is mission #142. The target says "French Supply." He was on Peterson's Crew.

Associated Place

  • 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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2018 16:08:29 Lucy May Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

Correspondence with William H Shay:
'Serviceman Paul Gelman 1st 6 dates of military records from the Website of the 385th Bomb Group Association are all in 1944. It is impossible for Paul Gelman as indicated to be on mission 152 14 Jul 44 on aircraft 42-30168 that was downed 11 Dec 43 over the North Sea and the aircraft not recovered.'
See: http://www.385thbga.com/records/database/ results for Paul Gelman and B-17 42-30168

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 05:21:59 MRB Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Mission list for Paul Gelman.

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