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42-30822

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 4/8/43; Denver 16/8/43; Dalhart 17/8/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-R] Gt Ashfield 8/9/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 25/2/44 with Delmer Gray, Co-pilot: Jim Friend, Navigator: George Wisnick, Bombardier: Sgt John Breitenbachtogg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Yurco, Ball turret gunner: Henry Tidd, Tail gunner: Lew Tormohlen (7 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Woodrow Kuhn, Waist gunner: Adam Maurer, Waist gunner: Tom Roberts (3 Prisoner of War); flak, exploded mid-air over Regensburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2776. FOOLISH VIRGIN aka THE DORSAL QUEEN.

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...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Breitenbach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 385th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters and shot down by flak over the target of Regensburg and exploded in mid-air on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30822 'The Dorsal Queen'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Friend

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters and shot down by flak over the target of Regensburg and exploded in mid-air on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-30822 'The Dorsal Queen'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Delmer Gray

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters and shot down by flak over the target of Regensburg and exploded in mid-air on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30822 'The Dorsal Queen'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Woodrow Kuhn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters and shot down by flak over the target of Regensburg and exploded in mid-air on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30822 'The Dorsal Queen'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Adam Maurer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters and shot down by flak over the target of Regensburg and exploded in mid-air on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30822 'The Dorsal Queen'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Roberts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters and shot down by flak over the target of Regensburg and exploded in mid-air on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30822 'The Dorsal Queen'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Tidd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters and shot down by flak over the target of Regensburg and exploded in mid-air on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30822 'The Dorsal Queen'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lewis Tormohlen

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters and shot down by flak over the target of Regensburg and exploded in mid-air on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-30822 'The Dorsal Queen'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Wisnick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters and shot down by flak over the target of Regensburg and exploded in mid-air on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30822 'The Dorsal Queen'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Yurco

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters and shot down by flak over the target of Regensburg and exploded in mid-air on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30822 'The Dorsal Queen'. Killed in Action (KIA).

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 25 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2021 01:24:58 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 23:03:34 hermanns Changes to nicknames
Sources

385th BG website

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2776 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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