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43-38233

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 1/8/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA- ] Gt Ashfield 5/8/44; on mission 27/9/44 with W.K. Kelley (8 Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Gielow (Killed in Action)), p landed in Belgium and ret base later; Missing in Action Darmstadt 24/12/44 with Larry Vogt, Jim Anding, Vic Hammond, Roy Capwell, Harry Sevick, Dick Rudd, Cliff Canterberry, Bill Johnson (8 Killed in Action); Calvin Rhodes (Prisoner of War); flak, mid air coll with 43-37893 (385BG); crashed Namur, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 11113.

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

  • James Anding

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Namur in B-17 #4338233

  • Clifford Canterberry

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Namur in B-17 #4338233

  • Roy Capwell

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Namur in B-17 #4338233

  • Victor Hammonds

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Namur in B-17 #4338233

  • William Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Namur in B-17 #4338233

  • 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,...

  • Calvin Rhodes

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Namur in B-17 #4338233

  • Richard Rudd

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Namur in B-17 #4338233

  • Harry Sevick

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Namur in B-17 #4338233

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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 24 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2017 14:53:04 BrandonPugh Changes to nicknames
Sources

John W Pugh Mission Flight Log

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11113 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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