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43-38430

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/8/44; Hunter 12/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-N] Gt Ashfield 8/9/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/10/44 with Don Andreas, Harry Swift, Mike Cangemi, Bob Quicksall (4 Killed in Action); Alvin Rosenthal, Abel Rebello, Rod Hambree, Mike Pace, George Sachen (5 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Koenigshorst, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9520.

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...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Andreas

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Koenigshorst in B-17 #4338430

  • Michael Cangemi

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Koenigshorst in B-17 #43-38430, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Rodney Hambree

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Koenigshorst on 10/6/44 in B-17 #4338430

  • Michael Pace

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Koenigshorst on 10/6/44 in B-17 #43-38430. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Quicksall

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Koenigshorst in B-17 #4338430

  • Abel Rebello

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Koenigshorst on 10/6/44 in B-17 #4338430

  • Alvin Rosenthal

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Koenigshorst on 10/6/44 in B-17 34338430

  • George Sachen

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Koenigshorst on 10/6/44 in B-17 #43-38430. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Harry Swift

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Koenigshorst in B-17 #43-38430, Killed in Action (KIA).

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 6 October 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9520 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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