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550th 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

  • Charles Abney

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Charles Abney was Top Turret Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. KIA

  • Richard Ahlheim

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 June 1944 in B-17 #4239918. Evaded.

  • Gordon Akley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-17 #423294 'Suzanne. ' Plane ditched in Atlantic. Interned.

  • Willis Alexander

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-39908 was attacked by fighters, fell off into a dive, burst into flames, exploded in mid-air and crashed ENE of Boxtel on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and crashed in Switzerland on 7/13/44 in B-17 #42107031

  • Gail Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt Gail E. Anderson Jr was Tail Gunner on board 43-38566 on the 21 November 1944 mission. That plane was involved in a mid-air collision with another 550th Squadron aircraft, 43-38270. Anderson and 6 others of the 9-man crew on 43-38566 returned to...

  • Henry Anthony

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Ruhland on 2 Mar 45 in B-17 #4297979

  • Anthony Ardzinski

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Anthony Ardzinski was a Tail Gunner in the 385th Bomb Group/ 550th Bomb Squadron.

  • Charles Armbruster

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in mid-air collision in Belgian airspace in 'Mr. Lucky' B-17 AC#42-38035. Collided with another 385th BG AC#43-38273.

  • Thomas Armstrong

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-17 #423294 'Suzanne. ' Plane ditched in Atlantic. Interned.

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Aircraft

  • 42-102481 Kentucky Winner

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Grenier 19/4/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-P] Gt Ashfield 20/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Bill Cocker, Bill Chaney, Harold Morthorst, Bob Crider, Ellis Murray, Vince Figini, Joe Ryan, Harry...

  • 42-102606 Curley's Kids

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Dow Fd 14/2/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-K] Gt Ashfield 20/4/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Bob McDonald, Co-pilot: Steve Ryan, Navigator: Bill Henry, Bombardier: Francis Chrisman, Flight engineer...

  • 42-102636

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-J] Gt Ashfield 22/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 30/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 4/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 42-107031

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 2/2/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 13/3/44; 550BS/385BG [SG-N] Gt Ashfield 12/3/44; Missing in Action Munich 13/7/44 with Bob Turner, Co-pilot: Ken Daniels, Navigator: George Allen, Bombardier: Bob Dewey, Flight engineer...

  • 42-107045

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/2/44; Grenier 28/2/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-D] Gt Ashfield 3/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Len Sexton, Co-pilot: Gene Koury, Navigator: Bob Pelletier, Bombardier: Sterling Rogers, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 42-107109 Stork Club

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 23/2/44; Gr Island 3/3/44; Grenier 25/3/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-P] Gt Ashfield 27/3/44; returning from Zwickau 10/5/44 with John Seehoff, Co-pilot: Bill Laughter, Navigator: Chester Krecisz, Bombardier: Stew Hanson, Flight engineer...

  • 42-30168 Slo Jo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/43; Gt Falls 6/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 18/6/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-T] Gt Ashfield 26/6/43; ...

  • 42-30179 Murder Inc. aka Grim Reaper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gt Falls 8/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-C] Gt Ashfield 16/6/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 28/7/43 with Herman Gurgel, Co-pilot: Jake Silverstein, Ball turret gunner: Jim Holley,Tail...

  • 42-30254

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/5/43; Denver 8/5/43; Gore 12/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG, t/o from Gander, Nfd, but lost over Atlantic en route UK 22/6/43; with Herb Powley, Co-pilot: Fred Montgomery, Navigator: Lloyd Boor,...

  • 42-30285 Roundtrip Ticket

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/5/43; Gt Falls 16/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 30/9/43; transferred 550BS/385BG [XA- ] Gt Ashfield 1/10/43; then 549BS; Missing in Action Oschersleben 28/7/43 with John Noel, Co-pilot: Henry...

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Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 18:22:45 hermanns Changes to insignia and aircraft types
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21 September 2016 00:02:51 hermanns Changes to nicknames
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10 April 2015 02:50:36 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to media associations
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10 April 2015 02:49:33 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to media associations
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13 March 2015 16:28:10 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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