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  • Frederick Ihlenburg

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Orvid Lancaster

    Military | Captain | 385th Bomb Group

  • Leonard Swedlund

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    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. Flew 28 missions ...

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...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102481 Kentucky Winner

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Grenier 19/4/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-P] Gt Ashfield 20/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Bill Cocker, Bill Chaney, Harold Morthorst, Bob Crider, Ellis Murray, Vince Figini, Joe Ryan, Harry...

  • 42-102606 Curley's Kids

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Dow Fd 14/2/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-K] Gt Ashfield 20/4/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Bob McDonald, Co-pilot: Steve Ryan, Navigator: Bill Henry, Bombardier: Francis Chrisman, Flight engineer...

  • 42-31378 Rum Dum

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Memphis 18/11/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-M] Gt Ashfield 1/12/43; with Muchow force landed Germany; 100+m, n/battle damaged force landed Troston AD with Mike Brochmann 30/5/45; Salvaged. RUM DUM.

  • 42-31786 Jeanne Ricky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/12/43; Gt Falls 20/12/43; Kearney 1/1/44; Grenier 21/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-L] Gt Ashfield 2/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Andy Drobysh, Co-pilot: Harry Gousha, Navigator: Clem Irons, Bombardier: Bob Hudson,...

  • 42-31922

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/1/44; Kearney 14/1/44; Grenier 31/1/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 15/2/44; force landed Hoesch A/fd, Hol. 15/3/45; sal & Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/6/45; Reconstruction...

  • 42-3388 Sleepytime Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/6/43; Dow Field 13/7/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 3/8/43; transferred 550BS/385BG [SG-F] Gt Ashfield /43; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 24/4/44 with Bill Nesen, Co-pilot: Bernie Gruble, Navigator: Jim Delo, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-37952

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 25/10/43; Walla Walla 7/11/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 12/3/44; retUS 121 BU Bradley; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/12/45. BABE.

  • 42-97275 Roger the Dodger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Gr Island 27/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 3/5/44; no ops, transferred 549BS/385BG[XA- ] Gt Ashfield 4/5/44 REBEL; 551BS; Missing in Action Munich 6/10/44 with Bill Leverett, Dick Phillips, Bob...

  • 42-97310

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Rapid City 4/3/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 3/5/44; no ops, transferred 333BS/94BG Rougham 7/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 25/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-97646

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/1/44; 1SAG Langley 1/3/44; Presque Is 3/4/44; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-B] Rougham 4/4/44; transferred 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 4/44; crash landed Rougham 25/8/44, sal & rep; in base taxi accident with Marlon McClanahan 25/4/45;...

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Missions

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

  • 308A

    19 April 1944

  • 327

    29 April 1944

  • 329

    30 April 1944

  • 332

    1 May 1944

  • 353

    12 May 1944

  • 382

    31 May 1944
    Bombed the marshaling yards. Heavy flak but no hits.

  • 384

    2 June 1944
    Operations on this day were specified for D minus 3 by the Overall Air Plan as modified by Headquarters A.E.A.F. All objectives were located in the Pas de Calais (Fortitude) area, the attacks having as their purpose deception of the enemy as to the...

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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
Born Detroit, Michigan 17 May 1918
Lived in Detroit, Michigan 16 October 1940

9931 Iris

Worked for General Motors - Cadillac Division

Died Livonia, Michigan 20 March 1989
Buried Flat Rock, Michigan 23 March 1989

Michigan Memorial Park
Flat Rock, Wayne County, Michigan, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2021 20:15:41 466thHistorian Changes to unit associations
Sources

Corrected squadron

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2021 17:49:29 466thHistorian Changes to events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/44017_09_00...
https://www.385thbga.com/records/database/
https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/8913733:2441?tid=&pid=...

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2020 02:10:20 RCR Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, unit associations and media associations
Sources

Information via ephemera from Morris Pearl

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