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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-C] Gt Ashfield 1/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 25/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 16/11/45.



  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb 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...


  • 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,...

  • 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. ...


  • 781

    5 January 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 17:39:38 Virginiawise50 Changes to unit associations and place associations

Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log