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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.'

Connections

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

  • Frederick Castle

    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. ...

  • Curtis LeMay

    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. ...

  • Elliott Vandevanter

    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...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2016 11:30:06 mpfaley Changes to caption
Sources

Michael Faley-100th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2016 11:28:51 mpfaley Changes to caption
Sources

Michael Faley-100th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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