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Tail Gunner Sgt. Bill Wilks, 385th BG, 548th BS sitting in tail gun position in the "Flying Vixon,"

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Graham

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer Gunner (612) / Rt. Waist Gunner / Togglier
    Don Graham was a B-17 waist gunner/togglier flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew.

  • Virgil Wilks

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Virgil W (Bill) Wilks was a tail gunner flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew.

Aircraft

  • 44-6569 Flying Vixen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 8/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-G] Gt Ashfield 10/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; Sth Plains 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2021 17:59:19 Dricharlo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Submitted by Rick Graham, son of Sgt. Donald S. Graham, waist gunner 385thBG/548th BS and crewmember of tail gunner Sgt. Bill Wilks.

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