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42-30717

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 16/7/43; Kearney 27/7/43; Scott 14/8/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-D] Gt Ashfield 25/8/43; Missing in Action Bremen 13/11/43 with Carl Dawurske, Co-pilot: Jim Pierce, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Reece Cartmill,Tail gunner: Tony Marianro (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: Bob Howard, Bombardier: Jack Kirby, Radio Operator: Don Marks, Ball turret gunner: Leo Moyer, Waist gunner: Frank Northay, Waist gunner: Lester Knudson (6 Prisoner of War); mid air coll with 42-39860 (385), crashed near Ahlhorn airfield, near Oldenburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 1402. MAN O' WAR.

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

  • David Cartmill

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-17 #4230717 'Man O' War. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Dawurske

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #423308. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-17 #4230717 'Man O' War. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Howard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-17 #4230717 'Man O' War. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Kirby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-17 #4230717 'Man O' War. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lester Knudson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #423308. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-17 #4230717 'Man O' War. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Anthony Marianro

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-17 #4230717 'Man O' War. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Marks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #423308. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-17 #4230717 'Man O' War. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leo Moyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 13 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30717 'Man O' War', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Franklin Northay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    POW 13 Nov 1943 in B-17 42-30717

  • James Pierce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    KIA 13 Nov 1943 in B-17 42-30717

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) Germany 13 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 23:00:52 hermanns Changes to nicknames
Sources

385th BG website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1402 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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