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385th BG's Dragon Lady 42-30836 contrails.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron


  • Donald Graham

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer Gunner (612) / Rt. Waist Gunner / Togglier
    Don Graham was a B-17 waist gunner/togglier flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew.


  • 42-30836 Dragon Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/8/43; Geiger 13/8/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-V] Gt Ashfield 12/9/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 13/2/44 with Edwin Herron, Radio Operator: John Cortez, Ball turret gunner: Alf Seagrave, Waist gunner: Leon Wasilewski (4...


  • 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...


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11 June 2021 21:13:53 Dricharlo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Son of Donald S Graham member of the 385th BG 548th BS.