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42-102606

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Dow Fd 14/2/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-K] Gt Ashfield 20/4/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Bob McDonald, Co-pilot: Steve Ryan, Navigator: Bill Henry, Bombardier: Francis Chrisman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Brown, Radio Operator: Russell Hale, Ball turret gunner: Walt Barosh, Waist gunner: Pete Hofferman,Tail gunner: Pete Linton (9 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Larry Atiyah (Prisoner of War); mid air coll with 42-31917 (385BG), crashed Wolwelange, Belg. Missing Air Crew Report 7489. CURLEY’S KIDS.

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Aircraft

  • 42-31917 Off Spring

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/1/44; Kearney 13/1/44; Grenier 26/1/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [SG-S] Gt Ashfield 2/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Capt Rich White, Co-pilot: Clarry Gittins, Navigator: Jim Johnston, Bombardier: Pat Flanagan, Flight...

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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...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Larry Atiyeh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Had mid air collision and crashed at Arlong on 7/12/44 in B-17 #42102606. Taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) and held at Stalag Luft IV.

  • Walter Barosh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Had mid air collision and crashed at Arlong in B-17 #42102606

  • George Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Had mid air collision and crashed at Arlong in B-17 #42102606

  • Francis Chrisman

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Had mid air collision and crashed at Arlong in B-17 #42102626

  • Russell Hale

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Had mid air collision and crashed at Arlong in B-17 #42102606

  • William Henry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Had mid air collision and crashed at Arlong in B-17 #42102606

  • Peter Hofferman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Had mid air collision and crashed at Arlong in B-17 #42102606

  • Pete Linton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Had mid air collision and crashed at Arlong in B-17 #42102606

  • William Lord

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Had mid air collision with 42-102606 and crashed at Perl in B-17 'Off Spring' 42-31917

  • Robert McDonald

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Mid air collision and crashed at Arlong in B-17 42-102606

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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) France 12 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 22:39:17 hermanns Changes to nicknames
Sources

385th BG website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7489 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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