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"Technical Sergeant Marvin N. Hudgens and Sergeant Donald E. Clapper of the 385th Bomb Group paint the nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Yank". Passed for publication 10 Oct 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Flying Fortresses In Combat Missions Over Europe. Picture Shows:- T/Sgt. Marvin N. Hudgens, El Paso, Texas, crew chief, puts additional touches to the "Yank", which is piloted by Capt. Ivon Klohe, Monterey, California. Looking on is Sgt. Donald E. Clapper, Altoona, Pa. "



  • 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...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30250 'Yank'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Gt Falls 24/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Peterson 18/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-F] Gt Ashfield 17/6/43; with Bob Smith force landed RAF Docking 30/10/43; with Lt Lacasse hit truck at...


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21 May 2021 22:11:33 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations