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42-31237

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/10/43; Grand Island 16/10/43; Wilmington 19/10/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-O] Gt Ashfield 26/10/43; battle damaged Pas de Calais 1/5/44 with Russell Novotny(& crew from 452BG), Co-pilot: Fred Hageter (2 Returned to Duty), Navigator: Franklin Murdock, Bombardier: Ernie Lundgren, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Miller, Radio Operator: George Langer, Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Winegarner, Waist gunner: Roger Clark, Waist gunner: Emil Smedley,Tail gunner: Ray Smith all bailed over France, (8POWs?); flak KO’d #4, but limped home to crash landed Mendlesham, Sfk. UK. only to catch fire and burn out; Salvaged 2/5/44. STORK aka ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND.

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

  • Roger Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Incident May 1, 1944, in AC#42-31237. Returned fromoperations crash landing at Mendlesham

  • Fred Hageter

    Military | Major | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Co-pilot in incident in AC#42-31237. Returned from operations, crash landing at Mendlesham DFC Oak Leaf Cluster, AM 5 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • George Langer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Incident May 1, 1944, in AC#42-31237. Returned fromoperations crash landing at Mendlesham

  • Ernest Lundgren

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    May 1, 1944 Incident in AC#42-31237. Returned fromoperations crash landing at Mendlesham

  • Arnold Miller

    Military | 487th Bomb Group

  • Franklin Murdock

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Incident in AC#42-31237. Returned fromoperations crash landing at Mendlesham

  • Russel Novotny

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Incident in AC#42-31237. Returned fromoperations crash landing at Mendlesham

  • Emile Smedley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew on plane #4231237 'Stork' became Prisoner of War (POW) no explanation of what happened. He must have bailed out because plane crashed landed at English base. Combat Chronology cites 385th BG at Great Ashfield Incident May 1, 1944, in AC#42-31237....

  • Raymond Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    May 1, 1944, in AC#42-31237. Returned fromoperations crash landing at Mendlesham

  • Lloyd Winegamer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Incident May 1, 1944, in AC#42-31237. Returned fromoperations crash landing at Mendlesham

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...

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 1 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2020 05:41:17 Bianca Barbato Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.385thbga.com/records/database/

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 23:12:22 hermanns Changes to unit associations
Sources

385th BG website

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 23:11:00 hermanns Changes to nicknames
Sources

385th BG website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4455 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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