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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/6/44; Kearney 19/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 2/7/44; 5m battle damaged Merseburg 25/11/44 with ?; force landed Aermee, Ger?; Salvaged 16/12/44.



  • 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...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron


  • John Hyatt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    crashed landed 'Riotinto' 11/25 on Merseberg mission at Llege Belgium Air Medal and DFC Flew Rio Tinto & Rum Dum DFC, Air Medal

  • William Kelley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group

  • John Pugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    John Pugh completed 36 missions as a ball turret gunner with the 549th Bomb Group of the 385th Bomb Group. He flew on 9 different B-17's including Dozy Doats, Sweet and Lovely, Raggedy Ann, Rio Tinto, Hare's Breadth, Hell's Belles, Hot Chocolate,...


  • 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
16 September 2017 14:50:09 BrandonPugh Changes to nicknames

John W. Pugh Mission Flight Logs

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log