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42-97350

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/2/44; Rapid City 8/3/44; Grenier 30/4/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG Nuthampstead 6/5/44 STRICTLY FROM HUNGER; no ops, transferred 365BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 7/5/44; Missing in Action Mannheim 21/7/44 with Leon Kornblau, Co-pilot: Bernie Radomski, Navigator: Chas Woolf, Ball turret gunner: Meredith Mills,Tail gunner: Frank Misiak (5 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Bill Boyd, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Theed, Radio Operator: Roger Gagnon, Waist gunner: Irvin Hughes (4 Prisoner of War); flak hit three times, aircraft lost control, crashed Lauterbach, S of Fraeudenstadt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7276.

1Lt Leonard A Kornblau, 2Lt Bernard E Radomski, 2Lt Charles E Woolf , S/Sgt Meredith M Mills Jr, S/Sgt Frank L Misiak were murdered after surrendering. Three flyers while being marched from Urach to Schollach were killed by Gottlieb Werner, Max Matthes (Tax Collector) and Fritz Kuner. Two other flyers were led from the Schollach City Hall (47°59'8"N / 8°14'53"E) to woods locally know as Winterwald and shot and killed by Heinrich Birnbreier, Josef Eiselt and Arthur Faller.
Gottlieb Werner , Heinrich Birnbreier on 5 December 1947 at Landsberg Prison.
Arthur Faller was excuted on 4 December 1947 at Landsberg Prison.
Neurenburg War Crimes Case No: 12-779

Service

Units

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Boyd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Epfenhofen on 7/21/44 in B-17 #4297350 POW

  • Roger Gagnon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Epfenhofen on 7/21/44 in B-17 #42-97350. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Irvin Hughes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Epfenhofen on 7/21/44 in B-17 #4297350 POW

  • Leonard Kornblau

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    First Lieutenant Aaron Kornblau, born 21 September 1921 lived in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania and attended Duke University until 1942. He enlisted on 18 November 1942, earning his pilot's wings on 1 October 1943. ...

  • Meredith Mills

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Mills was murdered by German civilians on 21 July 1944 after baling out of his crashing B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-97350). ...

  • Frank Misiak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Frank Misiak flew on 'Winning Run' a B-17 that crash-landed after all 4 engines gave out, while returning from raid on Stuttgart on 6 September 1943. It ran out of fuel. Many of the other B-17s were low on fuel that day, 10 out of 19. This particular...

  • Bernard Radomski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Epfenhofen in B-17 #42-97350, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Theed

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Epfenhofen on 7/21/44 in B-17 #4297350 POW

  • Charles Woolf

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Woolfe was murdered by German civilians on 21 July 1944 after baling out of his crashing B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-97350). ...

Places

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • Schollach

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 21 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2018 19:39:25 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

space added from clearaty

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2018 19:38:51 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

From Nuremberg War Crimes reports

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7276 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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