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43-38639

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/8/44; Patterson 8/9/44; Hunter 20/9/44; Grenier 26/9/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Great Ashfield 1/10/44; Missing in Action Kiel 4/4/45 with Capt Tim Crimmins, Capt Jim Murphy, Mercer Abernathy, Jim Dodd, Bob Bartlett, Bob Fitzgerald, Chas Cook, Oliver Rapps, Milton Dawidowicz (9 Killed in Action); mid-air coll with 43-38210 (385BG), crashed North Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 13722.

Service

Aircraft

  • 43-38210 Angel's Sister

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/7/44; Kearney 16/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-V] Gt Ashfield 4/8/44; Missing in Action Kiel 4/4/45 with Bob Ritchie, Adolph Bernacchi, Bill Simmons, Alvin Koblitz, Bill Miller, Gordon Fraser, Chas Chambers, Leo...

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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

  • Mercer Abernathy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    548th Bomb Squadron, 385th Bomb Group, Heavy. KIA 4 April 1945

  • Robert Bartlett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 #4338639

  • Charles Cook

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 #4338639

  • Timothy Crimmins

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed into channel in B-17 43-38639

  • Milton Dawidowicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 #4338639

  • James Dodd

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 4 April 1945 crashed into channel in B-17 #4338639

  • Robert Fitzgerald

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 #4338639

  • James Murphy

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Crashed into channel in B-17 #43-38639, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Oliver Rapps

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 43-38639

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 4 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2017 01:26:10 TR3guy Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

http://www.8thafhs.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13722 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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