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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/11/43; Kearney 9/12/43; Presque Is 12/12/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [XA-M] Gt Ashfield 16/12/43; retUS Bradley 19/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 20/11/45. HIT PARADE aka HIT PARADE JR. aka JOKER.



  • 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...


  • Edward Faroe

    Military | Pilot / Operations Officer | 385th Bomb Group

  • Paul Gelman

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


  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


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Date Contributor Update
22 September 2016 00:05:35 hermanns Changes to nicknames

385th BG website

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 15:42:51 ssharkey Changes to nicknames, unit associations, place associations and media associations

385 Bomb Group Website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest

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