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William A Fife


Flew 32 missions from March to September 1944.

DFC/ AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO w/ battle star


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...

  • 548th 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.

  • 42-30827 Roundtrip Ticket III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/43; Gr Isle 13/8/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-O] Gt Ashfield 25/8/43; designated war weary and transferred 17th Airborne Div; Salvaged n/battle damaged 12/6/45. ROUND TRIP TICKET III.

  • 42-31335 Honky Tonk Sal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/10/43; Grand Island 30/10/43; Wilmington 13/11/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-X] Gt Ashfield 19/11/43; slight mid-air collision with ? with Chas McCauley crash landed five miles E of Cambridge, UK 12/5/45; Salvaged 15/3/45. HONKY...

  • 42-31742

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; RAF Cluntoe 14/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX- ] Gt Ashfield 17/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Bob King, Co-pilot: Bill Clark, Navigator: Oliver Harris, Bombardier: Lou Fyda, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-31773

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/12/43; Gt Falls 20/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; Presque Is 20/2/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-M] Gt Ashfield 25/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Charles R. Johnston killed in Action, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe...

  • 42-31778 Wells Cargo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/12/43; Salina 28/12/43; Kearney 4/1/44; Presque Is 24/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-A] Gt Ashfield 2/2/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 29/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/6/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-31787

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/12/43; Gt falls 20/12/43; Denver 26/12/43; Kearney 2/1/44; Presque Is 24/1/44; Grenier 29/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-N] Gt Ashfield 4/2/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Howard Worster, Co-pilot: Chas Manuel, Navigator:...

  • 42-31789

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/12/43; Gt Falls 21/12/43; Oklahoma City 3/1/44; Love Fd 18/1/44; Savannah 20/1/44; Homestead 28/1/44; 20BS/2BG Amendola 31/1/44; Missing in Action Brux 21/7/44 with John MacKenzie, Co-pilot: Rich Dunkelberger, Waist gunner: Frank...

  • 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...

  • 42-31928 Powerful Katrinka

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/1/44; Kearney 15/1/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 6/2/44; destroyed on base by Luftwaffe bombing 23/5/44, possibly the only B-17 lost this way. POWERFUL KATRINKA.

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Event Location Date
Born Corning, Iowa 19 December 1919


Date Contributor Update
27 December 2015 19:22:31 jmchristel Changes to aircraft associations

385th Bombardment Group Database

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2015 20:45:07 jmchristel Changes to unit associations

Added unit connection.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2015 20:44:26 jmchristel Changes to awards

Added awards

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:35 AAM AAM ingest

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