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Bob James- co-pilot, Fred Heiser- pilot and John Hill- navigator, all of the 385th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image via Tim Bivens. Biven's has handwritten on reverse: 'L to R: Bob James- Copilot (later KIA in USAAF Mosquito NS757), Fred Heiser- Pilot, John Hill- Navigator, 550th BS, 385th BG, 1944. Note 550th BS patch on A-2's.'

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Bob James- co-pilot, Fred Heiser- pilot and John Hill- navigator, all of the 385th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image via Tim Bivens. Biven's has handwritten on reverse: 'L to R: Bob James- Copilot (later KIA in USAAF Mosquito), Fred Heiser- Pilot, John Hill- Navigator, 550th BS, 385th BG, 1944. Note 550th BS patch on A-2's.'

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...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Fred Heiser

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • John Hills

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Robert James

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 550BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew a tour on B-17's. Second tour with 653BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. DH98 Mosquito NS757 crashed on local training flight. Crashed at RAF Station Shepherds Grove due to unknown cause. Plane dipped to the left, dove and...

Aircraft

  • NS757

    Mosquito
    Crashed on landing - RAF Shepherds Grove, 9/4/45 - 1st Lt Robert W James (pilot) - killed - 1st Lt Terence S Hall (nav.) - killed. Written Off Damaged Beyond Repair.

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
16 February 2015 15:37:56 Al_Skiff Changes to caption, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:40:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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