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Vincent W Masters


1st Pilot to Lead Pilot to Squadron Operations Officer. Completed required 28 missions.
Lead Pilot for wing on Regensburg Shuttle mission to Bone, North Africa. Forced to ditch on return to base in England. Masters became the Commanding Officer of 3rd Scouting Force.
Transferred to 3rd AD HQ as Deputy Chief Staff Operations.
He afterwards trained as a doctor and in 1975 was Director of Gynecology at the University of Georgia and also president of the 1977 385th reunion committee.

Transferred to Continental Air Force, Bolling Field, DC to form Scouting Force for 20th AF under Generals Earl Partridge and Curtis LeMay when the war ended.



  • Louis Dentoni

    Military | Captain | Group Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    August 17, 1943 - Hospitalized in Africa. #42-30187 'Lulu Belle' B-17 piloted by Preston Piper was hit by flak and shot. Dentoni and navigator Lt. Paul Schultz manned waist guns as tail gunner had been injured. ...

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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...

  • 3rd Scouting Force

    3rd Scouting Force

    The 3rd Scouting Force was unique in that it operated P-51s and B-17s simultaneously, flying weather reconnaissance and escort missions for the 8th Air Force's Bomb Groups. ...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30187 Lulu Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gore 6/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-K] Gt Ashfield 16/6/43; Missing in Action Evreux 24/8/43 with Maj Preston Piper, Co-pilot: Vince Masters, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Luther...

Associated Place

  • 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...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born Corona, California 29 February 1920
Enlisted 28 January 1942

Los Angeles, California


Date Contributor Update
03 November 2021 13:47:49 decwriter Changes to service number, awards and events

NARA files verified DFC w/one oak leaf cluster and the BSM. His DFCs were awarded as a Captain and the BSM was awarded as a Lieutenant Colonel. Based on date of entry in 1942, he earned the ACM and at least one bronze star on the EAME Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2021 10:41:57 Helen Changes to biography

385th BG Newsletter October 1976

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2021 10:12:32 Helen Changes to biography

385th BG Newsletter October 1976

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2017 13:42:05 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:32 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self