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42-102481

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Grenier 19/4/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-P] Gt Ashfield 20/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Bill Cocker, Bill Chaney, Harold Morthorst, Bob Crider, Ellis Murray, Vince Figini, Joe Ryan, Harry Grimet (8 Returned to Duty); Bill Martsch (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Grodzisk, Poland. Missing Air Crew Report 13141. KENTUCKY WINNER.

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...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Chaney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Grodzisk on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 'Kentucky Winner' #42-102481, Returned to Duty (RTD).

  • William Cocke

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    William Howell Cocke, Jr. was born to West Point graduate of 1918 William Howell Cocke, Sr. ...

  • Robert Crider

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Grodzisk on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 'Kentucky Winner' #42102481

  • Vincent Figini

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Grodzisk on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 'Kentucky Winner' #42102481

  • Harry Grimet

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Grodzisk on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 'Kentucky Winner' #42102481

  • William Martsch

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    KIA crashed near Grodzisk on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 'Kentucky Winner' #42102481

  • Harold Morthorst

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Grodzisk on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 'Kentucky Winner' #42102481

  • Ellis Murray

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed ner Grodzisk on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 'Kentucky Winner' #42102481

  • Joseph Ryan

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Grodzisk on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 'Kentucky Winner' #42102481

  • Wilber Whitehead

    Military | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 799

    18 January 1945

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) Russia 18 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2019 18:45:54 Bolter 77 Changes to description
Sources

Grodzisk is in Poland. In March 1945 Soviet troops stationed in this area.

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2018 20:24:58 amorthorst Changes to description
Sources

Correct a name to be Harold Morthorst

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 15:37:01 ssharkey Changes to nicknames, place associations and media associations
Sources

385 Bomb Group Website

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13141 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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