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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 14/1/43; 548BS/385BG [GX-V] Dow Fd 15/6/43; Gt Ashfield 26/6/43; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bassingbourn 3/9/43; Missing in Action 4m Solingen 1/12/43 with Chas Guinn, Co-pilot: Ken Fallek, Navigator: Bob Hornbeck, Bombardier: Sid Edelstein, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Wingate, Radio Operator: Bert Stieler, Ball turret gunner: Bill Rassmussen, Waist gunner: Chas Dyer, Waist gunner: Cecil Corner,Tail gunner: Gerry McDowell (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #1 & #2, crash landed Boich, near five miles S of Duren, Ger. Despite crew’s attempts to ignite their ship, the Luftwaffe salvaged it for spares. Missing Air Crew Report 1319. HELL'S BELLE.



  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb 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...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron
  • 548th Bomb Squadron


  • Charles Guinn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #423060 'Hell's Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gerald McDowell

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 42-3060 'Hell's Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW).


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • 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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Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 23:50:49 hermanns Changes to unit associations

385th BG website

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1319 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database