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Ralph Lester Duston

Military

2nd Lt Ralph Duston was a bombardier flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Orval Ashby

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Orville Ashby was a Top Turret Gunner/ Flight Engineer flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Elvey Ely

    Military | Lieutenant | 385th Bomb Group
    Elvey Ely was a Co-pilot flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew.

  • Donald Graham

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer Gunner (612) / Rt. Waist Gunner / Togglier | 385th Bomb Group
    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.

  • Clarence Nunamaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Clarence Nunamaker was a navigator flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Norris Olson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Ollie Olson was a ball turret gunner flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Rocco Spadola

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator (757) / Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Rocco Spadola was a radio operator / left waist gunner flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald Stalcup

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Jerry Stalcup was a pilot flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS.

  • Virgil Wilks

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Virgil W (Bill) Wilks was a tail gunner flying out of Great Ashfield with the 385th BG 548th BS as a member of the Gerald Stalcup crew.

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Units served with

  • 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

    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

Associated Place

  • 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
Born MIlford, MI 23 October 1920
Based Great Ashfield 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died March Air Reserve Base, CA 5 April 2001
Buried Resurrection Cemetery Clinton Township, Macomb County, MI 8 April 2001

Resurrection Cemetery
Clinton Township, Macomb County, Michigan

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2021 09:49:21 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/659660081
https://www.fold3.com/record/45510719/ralph-l-duston-social-security-dea...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/215427894/ralph-lester-duston

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2021 09:46:48 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/659660081
https://www.fold3.com/record/45510719/ralph-l-duston-social-security-dea...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/215427894/ralph-lester-duston

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2021 16:17:36 Dricharlo Changes to unit associations
Sources

Rick Graham, son of Donald S Graham and taken from the 385th BG official reels located at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2021 21:33:30 Dricharlo Changes to person associations
Sources

Rick Graham, son of Donald Graham pulled this information from the official 385th BG reels located at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2021 21:31:09 Dricharlo Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, biography, person associations, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Rick Graham, son of Donald Graham pulled this information from the official 385th BG reels located at Maxwell Air Force Base.

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