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43-37860

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/44; Hunter 9/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA- ] Gt Ashfield 4/7/44; Missing in Action Munster 5/10/44 with John Selmeier, Earl Boland, Harry Fitzner, Bill Weeks, Art Williams, John Pofelski, Andy Tsivis, Chas McCuthan, Sam Witt (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Herne, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9518.

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...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Earl Boland

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Fitzner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Gelman

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

  • Charles McCutchan

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 43-37860. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Pofelski

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Selmeier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Andrew Tsivis

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Weeks

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arthur Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Sam Witt

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 5 October 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9518 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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