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42-30795

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/7/43; Dyersburg 8/8/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [XA-J] Gt Ashfield 2/9/43; Missing in Action Munster 11/11/43 with John P. McGowan, Co-pilot: James C. Bufkin, Navigator: Ellis Shorb, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Nello A.
Malavasi, Ball turret gunner: Vernon L. Mulvaney, Waist gunner: William J. Bloeser, Waist gunner: Anthony T. Barckett, Tail gunner: Robert D. Johnson (8 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: James T. French (KIA-bailed out but died of injuries); Bombardier: Thomas B. Applewhite (evaded capture); flak KO’d #3, crashed between Dussen and Waspik, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report 1161. THE WILD HARE. Bombardier Applewhite was the sole evader - See his page with fate of the crew at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fapplewtb.html

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

  • Thomas Applewhite

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    The Evasion of Tom Applewhite ...

  • Anthony Barckett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230795 'The Wild Hare. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Bloeser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230795 'The Wild Hare. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Bufkin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230795 'The Wild Hare. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James French

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230795 'The Wild Hare. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Nello Malavasi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230795 'The Wild Hare. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John McGowan

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 42-30795 'The Wild Hare. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Vernon Mulvaney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230795 'The Wild Hare. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ellis Shorb

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230795 'The Wild Hare. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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) between Dussen and Waspik, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands 11 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2022 13:04:53 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

Added address of website www.evasioncomete.be with details about evader Tom Applewhite

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2021 18:48:05 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 23:02:09 hermanns Changes to nicknames
Sources

385th BG website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1161 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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