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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/12/43; Gr Island 18/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-R] Gt Ashfield 19/2/44; Salvaged 12/3/45; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/12/45. MICKEY II.

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...

People

  • Leonard Edwards

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group

  • Edward Faroe

    Military | Pilot / Operations Officer | 385th Bomb Group

  • Wilber Whitehead

    Military | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group

  • Lester Wise

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Lester Allen Wise was born June 27, 1922 and grew up on a farm in Midland, Michigan as an only child, son of Carry Addison Wise and Dora Ethel Sellers. ...

Missions

  • 778

    3 January 1945

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 15:49:01 Virginiawise50 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 15:34:07 Virginiawise50 Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 15:32:17 Virginiawise50 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Virginia a Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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