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42-97533

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 13/12/43; Langley 14/1/44; Presque Is 11/2/44; Assigned 482BG (H2S) Alconbury 19/2/44; transferred 365BS/305BG [WF-E] Chelveston 20/3/44;

Missing in Action Merseburg 24/8/44 with
Lt Col Chas Normand (Com pilot),
Co-pilot: Bob Polich,
Navigator: Vernon Nuefeld,
Bombardier: Lester Sorensen,
Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry Arthurs,
Radio Operator: Irving Patterson,
m/op-Walt Russell,
Waist gunner: Carl Anderson,
Tail gunner: Lt John Geissler,
radnav-Lt Lloyd Gatewood (366BS) (10POW-all bailed OK); flak damage, exploded in mid-air, crashed Hunteburg, S of Diepholz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8208.

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

  • Carl Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Hunteburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 42-97533 POW

  • Lawrence Arthurs

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Lawrence Arthurs served as top turret gunner with the 365th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group out of Chelveston, England. On 24 August 1944, he was flying in B-17 #4297533 when it crashed at Hunterburg, Germany. He bailed out and was taken as a...

  • Lloyd Gatewood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Radar Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Hunteburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #4297533

  • John Geissler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Hunteburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #4297533

  • Vernon Neufeld

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Hunteburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #4297533

  • Charles Normand

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Command Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Hunteburg, Germany on 8/24/44 in B-17 #42-97533. Group Command Pilot.

  • Irving Patterson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Hunteburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #4297533

  • Robert Polich

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 365BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed at Hunteburg on 24-Aug-44 in B-17 42-97533 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8208 ...

  • Walter Russell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Hunteburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #4297533 Listed as a Navigator filling waist gunner position on group command aircraft under Lieutenant Colonel Normand.

  • Lester Sorensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Hunteburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #4297533

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 24 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2020 12:10:27 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
Sources

Cortected mfg'r

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2020 11:59:28 gfpepin@sympatico.ca Changes to nicknames
Sources

From Gilles Pepin

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2019 13:32:44 gfpepin@sympatico.ca Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

My own extensive research, getting ready to produce a 1:32 scale model for the family of the bombardier, Lester Sorensen.

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2016 15:21:10 Lucy May Changes to description and unit associations
Sources

Changed 364th Bomb Squadron to 365th Bomb Squadron after checking MACR 8208.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8208 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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