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42-102465

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG HR-J] Gt Ashfield 20/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/10/44 with Bill Jens, Athrian Vaughn, Bob Huff, Stewart Love, Chester Means, Joe Kunkle, Aloysius Kozanecki, Fred Nagle, Stan Pylko (9 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Liepe, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9525. WEE WILLIE WILBUR.

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...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Huff

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Liepe, shot down by fighters. Killed in Action (KIA) In B-17 #42102465 'Wee Willie Wilber'

  • William Jens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Liepe in B-17 #42102465 'Wee Willie Wilber'

  • Aloysius Kozanecki

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Liepe in B-17 #42102465 'Wee Willie Wilber'

  • Joseph Kunkle

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Liepe in B-17 #42102465 'Wee Willie Wilber'

  • Stewart Love

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Liepe in B-17 #42102465 'Wee Willie Wilber'

  • Chester Means

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Liepe in B-17 #42102465 'Wee Willie Wilber'

  • Fred Nagle

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Liepe in B-17 42-102465 'Wee Willie Wilber'

  • Stanley Pytko

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Liepe in B-17 #42-102465 'Wee Willie Wilber', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Athrian Vaughn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Liepe in B-17 #42102465 'Wee Willie Wilber'

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
21 September 2016 22:38:03 hermanns Changes to nicknames
Sources

385th BG website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9525 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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