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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 14/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-P] Gt Ashfield 1/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45. AMERICAN MAID aka MAIDEN AMERICA.



  • 43-39056

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 20/11/44; Grenier 2/12/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-V] Gt Ashfield 3/12/44; when parked at Horsching, Austria was hit by 44-8320 on 20/5/45; Salvaged n/battle damaged 6/9/45.


  • Donald Graham

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer Gunner (612) / Rt. Waist Gunner / Togglier | 385th Bomb Group
    Don Graham was a B-17 waist gunner/togglier flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew.

  • Lester Wise

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Lester Allen Wise was born June 27, 1922 and grew up on a farm in Midland, Michigan as an only child, son of Carry Addison Wise and Dora Ethel Sellers. ...


  • 857

    1 March 1945

  • 859

    2 March 1945

  • 865

    5 March 1945

  • 872

    8 March 1945
    Mission 872: 1,353 bombers and 326 fighters are dispatched to hit benzol plants, an oil plant and rail targets in Germany using PFF; NO AIRCRAFT ARE LOST AND THERE ARE NO CASUALTIES! ...

  • 883

    12 March 1945
    Heavies Hit Near Rhine, Along Baltic ...

  • 894

    18 March 1945


  • 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
01 July 2017 16:07:57 Virginiawise50 Changes to aircraft associations, place associations and mission associations

Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise, pilot of B-17 Flying Fortress (

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 15:01:55 Virginiawise50 Changes to nicknames, markings and person associations

Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:32 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log