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Charles W McCauley

Military

At Great Ashfield from August 1944 to May 1945.
He flew initially on 'Mac's Hack' , then five missions on 'Rum Dum'
DFC/ Air Medal w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster

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...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 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.

  • 44-8428 Mac's Hack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 12/9/44; Hunter 18/9/44; Dow Fd 27/9/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-N] Gt Ashfield 29/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; Sth Plains 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 2/12/45. MACK...

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 Olivet, Kansas 6 April 1922

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2022 02:34:13 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Added an association to the A/C #42-31378 'Rum Dum' listed in the "Summary biography" .

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2022 02:30:29 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Added an association to the A/C 'Mac's Hack' listed in the "Summary biography" .

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2021 11:06:28 Helen Changes to biography
Sources

385th BG newsletter June 1990

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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