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A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30275) nicknamed "Vibrant Virgin" of the 385th Bomb Group in flight. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'HH. Vibrant Virgin, 1/Lt. John Pettenger.'



  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb 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...


  • 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,...


Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:13 AAM AAM ingest

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