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548th Bomb Squadron

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  • 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...

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Based Great Ashfield

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People

  • Mercer Abernathy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    548th Bomb Squadron, 385th Bomb Group, Heavy. KIA 4 April 1945

  • Stanley Alencewicz

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group

  • Maurice Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #423488. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Danny Altman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on B-17 'Jeanne Rickey' for 25 x combat missions. Had 2 x missions on D-Day, 4 x bombing missions to Berlin. ...

  • Arlis Anderson

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #425895. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Howard Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    On 20 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-40004 crashed nearTuttingdon, Norfolk due to a fire breaking out on board caused by a malfunctioning flare gun after forming up with the group on an operational mission. The crew baled out but the pilot and co-pilot stayed...

  • Donald Andreas

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Koenigshorst in B-17 #4338430

  • Robert Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Claimed Me109 on 8-May-44 Berlin mission in B-17 42-97530, flying tail gunner for 1Lt Frederick H Ihlenburg. "Quittin' Time" and crew barely made it home over white cliffs of Dover to an RAF...

  • Thomas Applewhite

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 42-30795 'The Wild Hare. ' Bailed out near Hausden, Holland. He was the only member of his crew to evade. He and another airman were escorted to Paris by an agent code name 'Diane' of the Comet line. Hidden ona...

  • Lloyd Atkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230257. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Aircraft

  • 42-102679 'Mississippi Miss'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Hunter 10/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-M] Gt Ashfield 3/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 330 BU Dyersburg 11/9/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation...

  • 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,...

  • 42-30204 Gremlin's Buggy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/4/43; Gore 6/5/43; Gt Falls 8/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 94BG Rougham 17/6/43; transferred 548BS/385BG [GX-H] Gt Ashfield 6/43; Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Dick Yoder, Co-pilot: Bob Payne, Navigator...

  • 42-30257 Lady Susie II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Gt Falls 24/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Tinker 13/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 100BG Thorpe Abbotts 16/6/43; transferred 550BS/385BG [SG-J] Gt Ashfield 17/6/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 28/7/43 with...

  • 42-30275 The Vibrant Virgin

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Gore 8/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-P] Gt Ashfield 17/6/43; Missing in Action Bremen 8/10/43 with Ralph Jensen, Co-pilot: Nick Ursiak, Navigator: Ray Podolske, Bombardier: Heath Stephens,...

  • 42-30281

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/5/43; Gore 9/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Field 15/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Gt Ashfield 16/6/43; Missing in Action Wesermunde 26/7/43 with Glenn Duncan, Co-pilot: Bill Lehr, Navigator: Bill Henderson, Bombardier: Roy Martinez,...

  • 42-30336 Miss Nonalee II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/5/43; Gore 1/6/43; Smoky Hill 2/6/43; Gr Isle 4/6/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Gt Ashfield 27/6/43; Missing in Action Anklam 9/10/43 with Glyndon Bell (INT, but escaped to Sweden via Danish Resistance); Co-pilot...

  • 42-3060 Hell's Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/1/43; 548BS/385BG [GX-V] Dow Fd 15/6/43; Gt Ashfield 26/6/43; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bassingbourn 3/9/43; Missing in Action 4m Solingen 1/12/43 with Chas Guinn, Co-pilot: Ken Fallek, Navigator: Bob Hornbeck, Bombardier: Sid...

  • 42-30717 Man O' War

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/7/43; Kearney 27/7/43; Scott 14/8/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-D] Gt Ashfield 25/8/43; Missing in Action Bremen 13/11/43 with Carl Dawurske, Co-pilot: Jim Pierce, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Reece Cartmill,Tail gunner: Tony...

  • 42-30795 The Wild Hare

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/7/43; Dyersburg 8/8/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [XA-J] Gt Ashfield 2/9/43; Missing in Action Munster 11/11/43 with John McGowan, Co-pilot: Jim Bufkin, Navigator: Ellis Shorb, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Nello Malavasi, Ball...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 18:27:51 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
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Virginia Wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise

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21 September 2016 18:20:23 hermanns Changes to insignia and aircraft types
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Documented source

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21 September 2016 00:04:42 hermanns Changes to nicknames
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Documented source

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18 March 2015 16:57:42 clunds Changes to nicknames
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error thought I was tagging the plane

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18 March 2015 16:57:12 clunds Changes to nicknames
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Official 385th records

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13 March 2015 16:26:40 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Type added.

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27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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