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Wise Guys B17 Bomber Crew: Front row left to right: Jack Means (co-pilot), Lester Wise (pilot), Don Phillips (navigator)



  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb 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...


  • Jack Q Means

    Military | Co-Pilot

  • Donald Phillips

    Military | Navigator

  • Lester Wise

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    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. ...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 02:56:20 Virginiawise50 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Virginia Wise, Lester Wise's eldest daughter