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Staff Sgt. John W. Pugh, 385th Bomb Group, 549th Bomb Squadron, "Lucky Bastard Club" Certificate.



  • 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...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron


  • John Pugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner
    John Pugh completed 36 missions as a ball turret gunner with the 549th Bomb Group of the 385th Bomb Group. He flew on 9 different B-17's including Dozy Doats, Sweet and Lovely, Raggedy Ann, Rio Tinto, Hare's Breadth, Hell's Belles, Hot Chocolate,...


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07 August 2018 11:09:49 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations

Information provided by Baron Pugh, Grandson of John W. Pugh.