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Personnel of the 385th Bomb Group plan the route of their next raid. A censor has obscured the maps they are viewing. Image stamped on reverse: 'Planet News.' [stamp], 'Passed as censored 6 Nov 1943.' [stamp] and '291704.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'US AIR FORCE IN GREAT DAYLIGHT OFFENSIVE ON EUROPE. The great daylight offensive against Europe continues, targets in Germany, France and Belgium being attacked by great formations of bombers and fighters from the US Army Air Forces and the RAF. Photo Shows: Checking the Fortresses home and giving them directions for landing in the control tower of an operational station in Britain. NC 6th Nov 1943. PN.'



  • 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...


  • James Lewis

    Military | Major | S-2 Intelligence Officer
    Major James H Lewis, Boston, Mass.- Major James Lewis was a combat engineer in the First World War and was cited and decorated seven times. Lewis reenlisted during WW2 and became S2 intelligence officer with the 385th Bomb Group before replacing Lt Col...

  • Elliott Vandevanter

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
    Brigadier General Elliott "Pete" Vandevanter Jr., was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1917. He is the son of the late Colonel Elliott Vandevanter, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army. Since his father's activities required frequent moves, he attended many grade...


  • 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
14 December 2016 23:34:03 Justyn Keeble Changes to person associations and place associations

IWM (American Air Museum)

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2016 18:49:07 Justyn Keeble Changes to person associations


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:43 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection