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42-30275

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, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gerry Minch, Radio Operator: Emil Plaza, Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Bennett, Waist gunner: Bob McQuality, Waist gunner: Bob Keeley,Tail gunner: Homer Boyette (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Quackenbruck, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 825. THE VIBRANT VIRGIN.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lloyd Bennett

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #4230275 'The Vibrant Virgin. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Homer Boyette

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #4230275 'The Vibrant Virgin. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Jensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #4230275 'The Vibrant Virgin. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Keeley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #4230275 'The Vibrant Virgin. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert McQuality

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 42-30275 'The Vibrant Virgin. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Gerald Mineh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #4230275 'The Vibrant Virgin. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Emil Plaza

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #4230275 'The Vibrant Virgin. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Podolake

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #4230275 'The Vibrant Virgin. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Heath Stephens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #4230275 'The Vibrant Virgin. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Nicholas Ursiak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30275 'The Vibrant Virgin', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 22:52:43 hermanns Changes to nicknames
Sources

385th BG website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 825 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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