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385th Bombardment Group (H)

Great Ashfield   Station 155

 
 
385th Bombardment Group (H) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
1. 385th Bombardment Group (H) Marker
As mentioned-Regensburg was home to both a Messerschmitt Bf 109 aircraft factory and an oil refinery;
Zwickau, the Horch Auto Union plant.
Inscription.
Activated 
  Feb 1943
  297 Missions
  2 Unit Citations 
  Regensburg
      &
   Zwickau

 Aircraft Lost: 129
  Lives Lost: 409

 Deactivated
 Aug 1945

Combat Units
 HQ Squadron
  548th Bomb Sqdn
  549th Bomb Sqdn
  550th Bomb Sqdn 
 551st Bomb Sqdn 
 
 Support Units 
 424th Air Serv Grp 
   877th Chem Co. 
Det . 155, 18th AWS 

Those Of Us Who Have Survived Dedicate This Monument
To Our Fallen Comrades Who Have Given Their Last Full
Measure Of Devotion In A Sacred Cause.

"I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."
                                            John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

 
Location. 32° 6.956′ N, 81° 14.204′ W. Marker is in Pooler, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on 175 Bourne Avenue. Touch for map. Located adjacent to I-95, Georgia exit 102, (US 80 east), at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Pooler GA 31322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
385th Bombardment Group 549th Squadron image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
2. 385th Bombardment Group 549th Squadron
27 of 30 Missions as Lead Crew for
SQD, GRP, Wing Div & AF Formations
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 398th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (here, next to this marker); 489th Bomb Group (a few steps from this marker); 491st Bombardment Group (H) (a few steps from this marker); 351st Bombardment Group (Heavy) (a few steps from this marker); 466th Bomb Group (H) (a few steps from this marker); B/G John S. Allard (within shouting distance of this marker); 379th Bombardment Group (H) (within shouting distance of this marker); The Resistance (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pooler.
 
Also see . . .  Eighth Air Force Historical Society - 385th Bombardment Group. striking such targets as industrial areas, air bases, oil refineries, and communications centers in Germany, France, Poland, Belgium, Holland, and Norway. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the
385th Bombardment Group 549th Sq image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
3. 385th Bombardment Group 549th Sq
B-17 Low Section Lead Crew
ETO 1944-45
sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
    — Submitted April 14, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. War, World II
 
385th Bombardment Group 548th Squadron image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
4. 385th Bombardment Group 548th Squadron
Mississippi Miss
385 Bombardment Group 549 BS image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
5. 385 Bombardment Group 549 BS
385th Bombardment Group 550th Squadron image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
6. 385th Bombardment Group 550th Squadron
B17 Bama Queen
385 Bombardment Group 550th Sq image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
7. 385 Bombardment Group 550th Sq
The Maryonovich Crew

"They ditched at sea. Posed as civilians to escape detention. Shot down 12 E/A on 25 raids and saved four crippled stragglers when they slowed their B-17, united a P-38, B-24 and two B17's as a squadron, drove off attacking E/A and led cripples home."
385th Bombardment Group 551st Bomb Squadron image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
8. 385th Bombardment Group 551st Bomb Squadron
"Charlotte Ann"
385th Bombardment Group 551st Bomb Squadron " Miss Cheyanne" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
9. 385th Bombardment Group 551st Bomb Squadron " Miss Cheyanne"
1st Lt Harlan Leroy Cook
April 22,1944 11th mission Hamm Germany
"Tail End Charlie"
Shot down Hilbeck Germany
POW Staglag Luft III
Liberated April 29, 1945
385th Bombardment Group 551st Squadron image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
10. 385th Bombardment Group 551st Squadron
"Mr Smith"
Mission Fallersleben Germany June 20 1944
9 POW 1 KIA
385th Bombardment Group 551st Squadron image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
11. 385th Bombardment Group 551st Squadron
The Golden Goose Crew L-75
385th Bombardment Group 549th Sqdn image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
12. 385th Bombardment Group 549th Sqdn
"Hot Chocolate"
25 Missions in 52 days with no injuries
385 Bombardment Group 548 Sq image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
13. 385 Bombardment Group 548 Sq
S/Sgt Robert Mixon, Jr.
Ball Turret Gunner
Killed In Action
385 Bombardment Group (H) Marker at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
14. 385 Bombardment Group (H) Marker at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
385th Bomb Group Banner image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
15. 385th Bomb Group Banner
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 733 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on April 14, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   15. submitted on June 19, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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