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42-30204

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/4/43; Gore 6/5/43; Gt Falls 8/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 94BG Rougham 17/6/43; transferred 548BS/385BG [GX-H] Gt Ashfield 6/43; Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Dick Yoder, Co-pilot: Bob Payne, Navigator: Mort Breslau, Bombardier: Bill Hart, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Kingdon (5 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Theo Schatz, Ball turret gunner: Bob Nixon, Waist gunner: Ed Staman, Waist gunner: Forrest Mengenhardt,Tail gunner: Roy Saye (5 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Fesenfeld, four miles W of Syke, S of Bremen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 1581. GREMLIN'S BUGGY.

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

People

  • Morton Breslau

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4230204 'Gremlin's Buggy. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Hart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4230204 'Gremlin's Buggy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Kingdon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4230204 'Gremlin's Buggy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Forrest Megenhardt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4230204 'Gremlin's Buggy. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Mixon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4230204 'Gremlin's Buggy. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH/ DFC

  • Robert Payne

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4230204 'Gremlin's Buggy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roy Saye

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4230204 'Gremlin's Buggy. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Theodore Schatz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Theodore Schatz served as a radio operator with the 385th Bomb Group. He was Killed in Action on 29 November 1943.

  • Edward Staman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4230204 'Gremlin's Buggy. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Yoder

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30204 'Gremlin's Buggy', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • 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 29 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 22:47:00 hermanns Changes to nicknames
Sources

385th BG website

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1581 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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