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John W Pugh

Military

John Pugh completed 36 missions as a ball turret gunner with the 549th Bomb Group of the 385th Bomb Group. He flew on 9 different B-17's including Dozy Doats, Sweet and Lovely, Raggedy Ann, Rio Tinto, Hare's Breadth, Hell's Belles, Hot Chocolate, Flying Vixen and five other missions where the planes had no established name.

Service

Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31395 Raggedy Ann

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/10/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-W] Gt Ashfield 1/1/44; force landed with Horr, Salvaged n/battle damaged 6/5/45. RAGGEDY ANN.

  • 42-97079 Dozy Doats

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/44; Kearney 18/2/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-B] Gt Ashfield 3/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/10/44 with Everett Isaacson, Filbert Dye, Howard Ryan, Bill Ligon, Joe Mandarano (5 Killed in Action); Warren Story, Don McQuade,...

  • 43-37803 Hell's Belles

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/44; Kearney 2/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-R] Gt Ashfield 20/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-37919 Rio Tinto

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/6/44; Kearney 19/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 2/7/44; 5m battle damaged Merseburg 25/11/44 with ?; force landed Aermee, Ger?; Salvaged 16/12/44.

  • 43-38233 Sweet and Lovely

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 1/8/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA- ] Gt Ashfield 5/8/44; on mission 27/9/44 with W.K. Kelley (8 Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Gielow (Killed in Action)), p landed in...

  • 43-38361 Hot Chocolate

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/7/44; Kearney 3/8/44; Dow Fd 12/8/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-Z] Gt Ashfield 13/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38464

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/8/44; Hunter 15/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-N] Gt Ashfield 11/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 25/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 25/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38743

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-C] Gt Ashfield 1/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 25/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 16...

  • 44-6569 Flying Vixen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 8/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-G] Gt Ashfield 10/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; Sth Plains 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45.

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Dallas, TX, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2017 16:07:06 BrandonPugh Changes to biography
Sources

John W. Pugh - US Army Air Corps WWII

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2017 15:09:28 BrandonPugh Changes to biography, awards and aircraft associations
Sources

John W. Pugh Mission Flight Logs

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2017 13:30:37 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Correspondence with John W Pugh's grandson, Brandon Pugh.

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