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42-102679

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Hunter 10/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-M] Gt Ashfield 3/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 330 BU Dyersburg 11/9/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/11/45. MISSISSIPPI MISS.

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...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron

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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 20:57:57 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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