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42-30819

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/43; Gr Isle 12/8/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-U] Gt Ashfield 25/8/43 SHACK BUNNY; Salvaged non-battle damaged 29/5/45 LULU BELLE.

Service

People

  • Rex Cantrell

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak before reaching the V-site target in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 13 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-39901 'Star Dust' returned to England and made an emergency landing at RAF Detling, Kent. RTD.

  • Victor Grzymkowski

    Military | Major | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to ETO UK, STA 155, Great Ashfield, 385th Bomb Group in April 1944; flew missions through June 1945. Was assigned temporary duty to 388th Bomb Group, Knettishall. Was sent to RAF STA 136 Winsfarthing, Fersfield for missions with Project...

  • Horace Witherspoon

    Military | Command Pilot / C.O. / Air Exec | 385th Bomb Group

Missions

  • 315

    24 April 1944

  • 319A

    26 April 1944

  • 329

    30 April 1944

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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2021 20:35:17 phil marchese Changes to description
Sources

See AAM ingest at Douglas B-17G 42-3551 lost 13 Dec 1943 and 28 Dec date in photo legend.

Deleted:
(given in 8AF book by Gregory Pons as Missing in Action Kiel 13/12/43 with nine POWS and one Killed in Action)*

* Osborne does not show a MACR number and none is given in the Pons citation. Moreover the photo negative legend date reads 21-12-43.
Phil Marchese 02 Oct 2021

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2021 12:26:49 phil marchese Changes to description
Sources

Typo only

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2021 12:23:59 phil marchese Changes to description
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Noted in change as footnote:
Osborne entry;
Photo legend.

Phil Marchese 02 Oct. 2021

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2021 12:15:55 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
Sources

FLYING FORTRESS 1936 - 1945; OCT 01, 2021

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2019 23:07:55 littlebird Changes to mission associations
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8th AF missions research database

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2019 23:05:27 littlebird Changes to mission associations
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8th AF missions research database

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2019 23:02:43 littlebird Changes to mission associations
Sources

8th AF missions research database

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2019 22:41:53 littlebird Changes to nicknames
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http://www.385thbga.com

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2019 20:17:35 littlebird Changes to person associations
Sources

personal record

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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