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43-38052

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20 June 1944; Hunter 16 July 1944; Dow Field 23 July 1944; Assigned 366BS/305BG Chelveston 6 August 1944; Missing in Action Cologne 17 October 1944 with Pilot Emil V. Potucek; Co-Pilot Wayne P. McCallen; Navigator George C. Skeen; Bombardier Arthur W. Lockrem; Top Turret Gunner John T. Carper; Ball Turret Gunner Karl J. Bierman; Tail Gunner John E. Peters (7 Killed in Action); Radio Operator James E. Hunter; Waist Gunner Joseph A. Sutter (2 Prisoners of War). Flak, crashed near Merten, 10km NW of Bonn, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 9473.

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...

  • 366th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Karl Bierman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    A worker at an aircraft plant in California, he enlisted in the Air Corps in January 1943. Sent overseas in 1944, he was assigned to the 305th Bomb Group / 366th Bomb Squadron and died in Germany with the loss of B-17 43-3805, shot down 17 October 1944...

  • John Carper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    John Carper grew up in Bartlett, Texas, where he attended Bartlett High School. He graduated from the Agricultural and Mechanical College Texas, Class of 1940 and enlisted in the Air Corps in June 1942. He received his training at Barksdale Field,...

  • James Hunter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    T/Sgt James E. Hunter was a Radio Operator on B-17 #43-38052 of 305th BG/366th BS, shot down 17 October 1944 in Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Arthur Lockrem

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Togglier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Sergent Arthur Lockrem was sent overseas in 1944 and was assigned to the 305th Bomb Group / 366th Bomb Squadron. He was killed on 17 October 1944 when his B-17 #4338052 was shot down. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wayne McCallen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Wayne McCallen was Co-Pilot of B-17 #43-38052 of 305th BG/366th BS when it was shot down in Germany on 17 October 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Peters

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    John E. Peters was a Tail Gunner on B-17 #43-38052 (305th Bomb Group/366th Bomb Squadron), shot down in Germany on 17 October 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 9473

  • Emil Potucek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    2nd Lt Emil Potucek was Pilot of B-17 #43-38052 of 305th Bomb Group/366th Bomb Squadron when it was shot down over Germany on 17 October 1944. Killed In Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 9473.

  • George Skeen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    2nd Lt George Skeen was Navigator on B-17 # 43-38052 of 305th BG/366th BS, shot down 17 October 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Sutter

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Sgt Joseph Sutter was a Waist Gunner on B-17 #43-38052 of 305th BG/366th BS, shot down 17 October 1944 in Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

Missions

  • 681

    17 October 1944

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Merten, Bornheim, Germany 17 October 1944

Hit by Flak; crashed about 10km NW of Bonn, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2015 12:40:38 ED-BB Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 9473

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9473 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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