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Rex M Cantrell


Damaged by flak before reaching the V-site target in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 13 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-39901 'Star Dust' returned to England and made an emergency landing at RAF Detling, Kent. RTD.


Units served with

  • 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...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30094 Belle of the Blue

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/4/43; Gore 14/4/43; St Joseph 29/4/43; Denver 8/5/43; Great Falls 10/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-G] Great Ashfield 26/6/43; Salvaged 6/9/45. BELLE OF THE BLUE.

  • 42-30197 Mission Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/4/43; Gt Falls 6/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [SG-M] Gt Ashfield 14/6/43; Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Duane Pangle, Co-pilot: Onner Davis, Navigator: Sam Kaiser, Bombardier: Bob Brisebois,...

  • 42-30249 Raunchy Wolf, El Sabo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Gt Falls 24/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 4/6/43; ...

  • 42-30819 Shack Bunny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/43; Gr Isle 12/8/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-U] Gt Ashfield 25/8/43 SHACK BUNNY; Salvaged non-battle damaged 29/5/45 LULU BELLE.

  • 42-30836 Dragon Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/8/43; Geiger 13/8/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-V] Gt Ashfield 12/9/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 13/2/44 with Edwin Herron, Radio Operator: John Cortez, Ball turret gunner: Alf Seagrave, Waist gunner: Leon Wasilewski (4...

  • 42-30970

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/8/43; Gr Isle 23/9/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 26/10/43; transferred RAF [SR384]; 214 Sq BU-A Sculthorpe, Nfk; 21/1/44; Oulton, Nfk; Missing in Action Antwerp 25/5/44 with A. Hockley, R. Simpson (2 Killed in Action); W....

  • 42-31133

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 23/9/43; Gr Island 9/10/43; Romulus 1/11/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-Q] Gt Ashfield 2/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Hector Garza, Co-pilot: George Beckner, Navigator: Albt Harmsen, Bombardier: Stacy Johnson, Flight...

  • 42-31295

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/10/43; Gr Island 31/10/43; Dallas 11/11/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-A] Gt Ashfield 18/11/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Bill Horstman, Co-pilot: Bill Kosseff, Radio Operator: Albt Seely, Waist gunner: Paul Millner,...

  • 42-31762 Junior aka Crash Wagon III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Gt Falls 16/12/43; Denver 20/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 15/1/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-M] Gt Ashfield 17/1/44; Missing in Action French A/fds 12/6/44 with Loren Jackson, Co-pilot: Ross Blake, Bombardier: Joe...

  • 42-31917 Off Spring

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/1/44; Kearney 13/1/44; Grenier 26/1/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [SG-S] Gt Ashfield 2/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Capt Rich White, Co-pilot: Clarry Gittins, Navigator: Jim Johnston, Bombardier: Pat Flanagan, Flight...

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Date Contributor Update
14 March 2021 15:28:41 RayWells Changes to aircraft associations

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Combat Chronology, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia