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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) Kingman 27/11/45. LENORA LINDA.



  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb 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...


  • Paul Gelman

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

  • Robert Hake

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    21 Missions Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Cluster; EAME Ribbon with 2 bronze stars; Good Conduct; WW II Victory Medal; American Theater Ribbon

  • Wilber Whitehead

    Military | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 14:57:59 ssharkey Changes to nicknames, unit associations, person associations and place associations

385 Bomb Group Website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log