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43-37857

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/44; Hunter 9/6/44; Dow Fd 28/6/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX- ] Gt Ashfield 1/7/44; Missing in Action Mannheim 21/1/45 with Capt John McErlane (Killed in Action); Earl Hansen, Jim Pillsbury, Paul Manouvier, J.L. Pence, Bill Rambo, Mike Roppolo, Hunter Dunn, Bob Dennard (8 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Joehlingen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11765. HONEY-CHILE.

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

  • Robert Dennard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 21 Jan 45 in B-17 'Honey-Chile' #4337857

  • Hunter Dunn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 21 Jan 45 in B-17 'Honey-Chile' #4337857

  • Paul Gelman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew missions with the 385th Bomb Group between 25 June 1944 - 12 October 1944.

  • Earl Hansen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 21 Jan 45 in B-17 'Honey- Chile' #4337857

  • Paul Manouvier

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 21 Jan 45 in B-17 'Honey-Chile' #4337857

  • John McErlane

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Joehlingen in B-17 'Honey-Chile' 43-37857

  • J Pence

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 21 Jan 45 in B-17 'Honey-Chile' #4337857

  • James Pillsbury

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 21 Jan 45 in B-17 'Honey-Chile' #4337857

  • William Rambo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Crashed on 21 Jan 45 in B-17 'Honey-Chile' #43-37857, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Michael Roppolo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Crashed on 21 Jan 45 in B-17 'Honey-Chile' #43-37857, Prisoner of War (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 21 January 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 05:14:34 MRB Changes to nicknames
Sources

Mission list for Paul Gelman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11765 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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