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548th Bomb Squadron

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  • 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...

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Stations

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Based Great Ashfield

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People

  • Mercer Abernathy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    548th Bomb Squadron, 385th Bomb Group, Heavy. KIA 4 April 1945

  • Stanley Alencewicz

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group

  • Maurice Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #423488. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Danny Altman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on B-17 'Jeanne Rickey' for 25 x combat missions. Had 2 x missions on D-Day, 4 x bombing missions to Berlin. ...

  • Arlis Anderson

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #425895. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Howard Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    On 20 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-40004 crashed nearTuttingdon, Norfolk due to a fire breaking out on board caused by a malfunctioning flare gun after forming up with the group on an operational mission. The crew baled out but the pilot and co-pilot stayed...

  • Donald Andreas

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Koenigshorst in B-17 #4338430

  • Robert Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Claimed Me109 on 8-May-44 Berlin mission in B-17 42-97530, flying tail gunner for 1Lt Frederick H Ihlenburg. "Quittin' Time" and crew barely made it home over white cliffs of Dover to an RAF...

  • Thomas Applewhite

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    The Evasion of Tom Applewhite ...

  • Orval Ashby

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Orville Ashby was a Top Turret Gunner/ Flight Engineer flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Aircraft

  • 42-102679 'Mississippi Miss'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Hunter 10/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-M] Gt Ashfield 3/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 330 BU Dyersburg 11/9/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation...

  • 42-107035 Reluctant Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Dow Fd 24/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 30/4/44; transferred 548BS/385BG [GX-L] Gt Ashfield 6/5/44; Missing in Action Bremen 26/9/44 with Chas Lundsberg, Co-pilot: J.M. Elzey, Navigator: Bob Smallman, Bombardier: John Wise,...

  • 42-30204 Gremlin's Buggy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/4/43; Gore 6/5/43; Gt Falls 8/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 94BG Rougham 17/6/43; transferred 548BS/385BG [GX-H] Gt Ashfield 6/43; Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Dick Yoder, Co-pilot: Bob Payne, Navigator...

  • 42-30250 'Yank'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Gt Falls 24/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Peterson 18/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-F] Gt Ashfield 17/6/43; with Bob Smith force landed RAF Docking 30/10/43; with Lt Lacasse hit truck at...

  • 42-30257 Lady Susie II*

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Gt Falls 24/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Tinker 13/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 100BG Thorpe Abbotts 16/6/43; transferred 550BS/385BG [SG-J] Gt Ashfield 17/6/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 28/7/43 with...

  • 42-30275 The Vibrant Virgin

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Gore 8/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-P] Gt Ashfield 17/6/43; Missing in Action Bremen 8/10/43 with Ralph Jensen, Co-pilot: Nick Ursiak, Navigator: Ray Podolske, Bombardier: Heath Stephens,...

  • 42-30281

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/5/43; Gore 9/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Field 15/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Gt Ashfield 16/6/43; Missing in Action Wesermunde 26/7/43 with Glenn Duncan, Co-pilot: Bill Lehr, Navigator: Bill Henderson, Bombardier: Roy Martinez,...

  • 42-30336 Miss Nonalee II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/5/43; Gore 1/6/43; Smoky Hill 2/6/43; Gr Isle 4/6/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Gt Ashfield 27/6/43; Missing in Action Anklam 9/10/43 with Glyndon Bell (INT, but escaped to Sweden via Danish Resistance); Co-pilot...

  • 42-3060 Hell's Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/1/43; 548BS/385BG [GX-V] Dow Fd 15/6/43; Gt Ashfield 26/6/43; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bassingbourn 3/9/43; Missing in Action 4m Solingen 1/12/43 with Chas Guinn, Co-pilot: Ken Fallek, Navigator: Bob Hornbeck, Bombardier: Sid...

  • 42-30717 Man O' War

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/7/43; Kearney 27/7/43; Scott 14/8/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-D] Gt Ashfield 25/8/43; Missing in Action Bremen 13/11/43 with Carl Dawurske, Co-pilot: Jim Pierce, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Reece Cartmill,Tail gunner: Tony...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 18:27:51 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
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Virginia Wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise

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21 September 2016 18:20:23 hermanns Changes to insignia and aircraft types
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Documented source

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21 September 2016 00:04:42 hermanns Changes to nicknames
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Documented source

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18 March 2015 16:57:42 clunds Changes to nicknames
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error thought I was tagging the plane

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18 March 2015 16:57:12 clunds Changes to nicknames
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Official 385th records

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13 March 2015 16:26:40 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Type added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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