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43-38361

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/7/44; Kearney 3/8/44; Dow Fd 12/8/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-Z] Gt Ashfield 13/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 16/11/45. HOT CHOCOLATE.

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

  • George Burghard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew 33 missions on Taylor Crew in 'Hot Chocolate' and 'Hit Parade'

  • Julius Constantine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew 33 missions on Taylor Crew in 'Hot Chocolate' and 'Hit Parade'

  • Dean Esworthy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew on Taylor Crew on 'Hot Chocolate' and Hit Parade. A great navigator who could always find his way home

  • Robert Hedington

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Edwin Hicks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew on Taylor Crew, on 'Hot Chocolate'

  • Adolph Keskes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot ; Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 combat missions in AC #4337786 'Madam Shoo Shoo,' AC #4338549 'In Like Flynn,' AC #4237952 'Babe,' AC #4338361 'Hot Chocolate. ' Flew 4 'mercy missions' after 2 May 1945--2 food missions, Holland, 2 Prisoner of War (POW) missions, Austria.

  • Mike Papadakis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew 33 Missions. Some of them on 'Hot Chocolate'and 'Hit Parade'. He was part of Ben Taylor's Crew. ...

  • 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,...

  • Eugene Rossi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew 33 missions on Taylor Crew in 'Hot Chocolate' and 'Hit Parade'

  • Gerald Stone

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew 33 missions on Taylor Crew in 'Hot Chocolate' and 'Hit Parade'

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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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2016 12:04:17 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Added connections from aircraft biography and airmen's biographies.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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