John Basaraba


Assigned to 551BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 10+ x missions. Single mission with Gibbons crew.

Awards: AM (2OLC), EAME (1BS), WWII Victory.


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Units served with

The insignia of the 385th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 551st Bomb Squadron 385th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-828152
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


An airman of the 385th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 43-38625) nicknamed "Ole Doodle Bug!". Image via Mark Brown, AFA. Handwritten on slide casing: '338625.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ole Doodle Bug
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group