Brigadier General Curtis E Le May talks with Colonel Frank Castle and Lieutenant Colonel Vandevanters of the 385th Bomb Group at a conference at Great Ashfield. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Presss.' [stamp]. Handwritten caption on reverse: '10-11-43 Le May with pipe.'
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Brigadier General Curtis E Le May talks with Lieutenant Colonel Vandevanters and Colonel Castle of the 385th Bomb Group at a conference at Great Ashfield. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Presss.' [stamp]. Handwritten caption on reverse: '10-11-43 Le May with pipe.'
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...
Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer; Air Leader, Pilot
Commanding Officer of 94th Bomb Group at Bury St. Edmunds from 19-Jun-43 to 16-Apr-44. Overseas with General Eaker's staff to organize 8th AF, February 1942.
Military | General | Commanding General
306th Temporary Deputy Commander at Wendover, then transferred as Group Commander of 305th BG 4-Jun-42 to 15-May-43.
Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
Brigadier General Elliott "Pete" Vandevanter Jr., was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1917. He is the son of the late Colonel Elliott Vandevanter, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army. Since his father's activities required frequent moves, he attended many grade...
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...