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549th 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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Stations

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Based Great Ashfield

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People

  • Leroy Acridge

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #423097 'Ground Hog. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Curtis Ailes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4237977. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Albers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 October 1944 in B-17 #4297275 'Rodger, the Dodger. ' died 10/7/44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9522 ...

  • Leo Allard

    Military | Private | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    B-17 42-5985 had mechanical failure and crashed near Hamburg on 6/20/44. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • James Anding

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Namur in B-17 #4338233

  • Alvin Andrews

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Completed 31 missions. DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ GC/ EAME/ WW II VM

  • James Atkinson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group

  • Robert Bailey

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4237977. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Baird

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of St Martin, FR on a mission to Pas-de-Calais, FR on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31751. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alfred Barber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed E of St Martin, FR on a mission to Pas-de-Calais, FR on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31751. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Aircraft

  • 42-107054 Vat 69

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Assigned 398BG - Rapid City 2/3/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 24/4/44; no ops, transferred 549BS/385BG [XA- ] Gt Ashfield; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/6/45;...

  • 42-107135 Homesick Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 21/4/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-N] Gt Ashfield 24/4/44; Missing in Action Handorf 15/8/44 with Neil Rosener, Co-pilot: George Flynn, Navigator: Hubert Graves, Bombardier: Lester Esterman, Flight...

  • 42-30096 Liberty Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/4/43; Gore 10/4/43; Denver 29/4/43; Glasgow 3/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-J] Gt Ashfield 26/6/43; Missing in Action Solingen 30/11/43 with Capt Bob Smith (WIA), Co-pilot: Paul Lindsay, replacement...

  • 42-30197 Mission Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/4/43; Gt Falls 6/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [SG-M] Gt Ashfield 14/6/43; Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Duane Pangle, Co-pilot: Onner Davis, Navigator: Sam Kaiser, Bombardier: Bob Brisebois,...

  • 42-30251 Piccadilly Queen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/5/43; Denver 8/5/43; Gt Falls 13/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-T] Gt Ashfield 14/6/43; damaged in base explosion 3/9/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Ray Notestein, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-30279 Black Jacker

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-F] Gt Ashfield 14/6/43; transferred 551BS [HR-F]; Missing in Action Wesermunde 26/7/43 with Jack Daniel, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edwin Buck, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-30354 Hustlin' Hussy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Smoky Hill 2/6/43; Gr Isle 3/6/43; Dow Fd 20/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-X] Gt Ashfield 1/7/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Ralph H. Palmer, Navigator: William Powell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 42-30598

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Smoky Hill 12/7/43; Dow Fd 16/7/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-L] Gt Ashfield 16/7/43; Missing in Action Lille 15/8/43 with Ed Stone, Co-pilot: George Larsen, Navigator: Jim Atkinson, Bombardier: Darrell Taylor, Flight...

  • 42-30737 Ohio Air Force

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/7/43; Love 23/7/43; Dyersburg 9/8/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-S] Gt Ashfield 3/9/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44 with Wesley Krause, Navigator: Bob Dwyer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ron Hanaver, Radio Operator: John...

  • 42-3097 The Ground Hog

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/2/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG Horham 15/6/43; transferred 549BS/385BG [XA-Z] Gt Ashfield /43; damaged in base explosion 3/9/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 with Rueben Eckhardt, Navigator: Kingsley Sumner (2...

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Revisions

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21 September 2016 18:21:34 hermanns Changes to insignia and aircraft types
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20 September 2016 23:52:58 hermanns Changes to nicknames
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20 September 2016 23:52:16 hermanns Changes to nicknames
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20 September 2016 23:51:29 hermanns Changes to media associations
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13 March 2015 16:26:46 rossingtonj Changes to type
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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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