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42-30281

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 8/5/43; Gore 9/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Field 15/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Gt Ashfield 16/6/43; Missing in Action Wesermunde 26/7/43 with Glenn Duncan, Co-pilot: Bill Lehr, Navigator: Bill Henderson, Bombardier: Roy Martinez, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ben Purdy, Radio Operator: Jim Soward, Ball turret gunner: John Towle, Waist gunner: Chas Propst, Waist gunner: Frank Ramsey, Tail gunner: Jim Brophy (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, set on fire & ditched North Sea; Missing Air Crew Report 191A.

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

  • James Brophy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230281 which crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Glenn Duncan

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 42-30281 which crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action.

  • William Henderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230281 which crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Lehr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230281 which crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Roy Martinez

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230281 which crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Propst

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230281 which crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Benjamin Purdy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230281 which crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Ramsey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30281 which crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • James Soward

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230281 which crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Towle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230281 which crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

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) Over Water (OW) North Sea 26 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2020 22:24:23 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 191 A / MACR 191 C / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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