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42-38199

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/1/44; Kearney 24/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-P] Gt Ashfield 8/2/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 4/8/44 with John Masterson, Co-pilot: Ed Caldero, Navigator: Joe Silverman, Bombardier: Steve Yarema, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pete McCabe, Radio Operator: Guido Mannarino, Ball turret gunner: Ed Ferris, Waist gunner: Bob McKneilly,Tail gunner: Merritt Knox (9 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #3 & enemy aircraft, crashed Midlum, S of Cuxhaven, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 7743. HAIRS BREATH.

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...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Caldero

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Midlam on 8/4/44 in B-17 #42-38199 POW

  • Edward Ferris

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Midlam on 8/4/44 in B-17 #4231361 POW

  • Robert Just

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Merritt Knox

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Midlam on 8/4/44 in B-17 #4238199 POW

  • Guido Mannarino

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Midlam on 8/4/44 in B-17 #4238199 POW

  • John Masterson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Midlam on 8/4/44 in B-17 #4238199 POW

  • Peter McCabe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Midlam on 8/4/44 in B-17 42-38199

  • Robert McNeilly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Midlam on 8/4/44 in B-17 34-231361

  • Sidney Page

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Silverman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Midlam on 8/4/44/ in B-17 #4238199 POW

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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 4 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2016 00:09:55 hermanns Changes to nicknames
Sources

385th BG website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7743 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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