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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, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Calvin Winwright, Radio Operator: Ed McGrath, Ball turret gunner: Harry Crouse, Waist gunner: Harry McCarthy,Tail gunner: Chas Campbell (8 Killed in Action); flak KO’d #4 before ship plunged down, crashed Bloesien, SW of Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 7819.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Barry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Bloesien on 7/29/44 in B-17 #4337663

  • A Benefield

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by flak and crashed at Bloesien on 7/29/4 in B-17 43-37663 POW

  • Charles Campbell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Bloesien in B-17 #43-37663, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Crouse

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Bloesien in B-17 #4337663

  • Leonard Davidson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Bloesien in B-17 #4337663 ...

  • Paul Gelman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew missions with the 385th Bomb Group between 25 June 1944 - 12 October 1944.

  • Herbert Kozel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Bloesien in B-17 #4337663. Husband of Ruth, nee Bridgeman, father of Thomas. Son of Alex and Amelia, Brother of James.

  • Harry McCarthy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by flak and crashed at Bloesien in B-17 43-37663.

  • Edward McGrath

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) shot down by flak and crashed at Bloesien in B-17 43-37663

  • Calvin Winright

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Bloesien in B17 #4337663

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.

Places

  • 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

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7819 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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