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42-30598

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Smoky Hill 12/7/43; Dow Fd 16/7/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-L] Gt Ashfield 16/7/43; Missing in Action Lille 15/8/43 with Ed Stone, Co-pilot: George Larsen, Navigator: Jim Atkinson, Bombardier: Darrell Taylor, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tony Kalisko{body washed up two weeks later on Belgian coast}, Radio Operator: Harry Rusk, Ball turret gunner: Bob Paige, Waist gunner: Jim Glaxner, Waist gunner: Elvin Rankin,Tail gunner: Sam Burns (10 Killed in Action); flak hit near Dunkirk, ditched Channel; Missing Air Crew Report 267.

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...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Atkinson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group

  • Samuel Burns

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 August 1943 in B-17 #4230598. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Glaxner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 August 1943 in B-17 #4230598. Killed in Action (KIA). His name is on the Tablets of the Missing at Ardennes American Cemetery.

  • Anthony Kalisko

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group

  • George Larsen

    Military | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 August 1943 in B-17 #4230598. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Paige

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30598, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elvin Rankin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 August 1943 in B-17 42-30598, Killed in Action. Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Harry Rusk

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 August 1943 in B-17 #4230598. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Stone

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 August 1943 in B-17 42-30598. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Darrell Taylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30598, Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

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 15 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 267 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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