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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Memphis 18/11/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-M] Gt Ashfield 1/12/43; with Muchow force landed Germany; 100+m, n/battle damaged force landed Troston AD with Mike Brochmann 30/5/45; Salvaged. RUM DUM.



  • Emery Blanchette

    Military | Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    He flew on 35 missions 18 March - 30 August 1944 - mostly on 'Rum Dum' Picture of him holding guns

  • James Eschelman

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew a few missions on B-17 #42-31378 'Rum Dum'.

  • Philip Flynn

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Completed 17 missions from 10 March 1945 to 19 April 1945. Returned to the US on 19 June 1945. Flew a few missions of B-17 # 42-31378 'Rum Dum'.

  • Paul Gelman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew missions with the 385th Bomb Group between 25 June 1944 - 12 October 1944.

  • Donald Graham

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer Gunner (612) / Rt. Waist Gunner / Togglier | 385th Bomb Group
    Don Graham was a B-17 waist gunner/togglier flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew.

  • 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...

  • Charles McCauley

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    At Great Ashfield from August 1944 to May 1945. He flew initially on 'Mac's Hack' , then five missions on 'Rum Dum' DFC/ Air Medal w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Joseph Tocco

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group

  • John Webb

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97078, Prisoner of War (POW). Flew on Henry's Crew. POW


  • 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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Date Contributor Update
25 January 2022 11:53:27 Snautzer Changes to production block number and manufacturer

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05 June 2019 22:00:18 littlebird Changes to person associations

personal history

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 05:06:46 MRB Changes to nicknames

Mission list for Paul Gelman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest

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