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43-38085

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/6/44; Hunter 17/6/44; Dow Fd 23/7/44;
Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-L] Chelveston 11/8/44;
transferred 365BS [XK-L]; (yet belonged to 366BS according to MACR)
Missing in Action Dresden 17/4/45 with Brainard Harris, Earl Boyd, Herman Spurrier, Earl Losse, Louie Daybrook, Walt McClellan, Sam Williams, Ed Ganschow (8 Killed in Action); mid air coll with jet a/c, crashed Babisnau, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 14172. TOWERING TITAN.

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

  • Earl Boyd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Babisnau, Germany, in B-17 'The Towering Titan' #4338085 after being rammed by enemy jet A/C.

  • Louie Daybook

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Babisnau, Germany, in B-17 'The Towering Titan' #4338085 after being rammed by enemy jet A/C.

  • Edward Ganschow

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Babisnau, Germany, in B-17 'The Towering Titan' #4338085 after being rammed by enemy jet A/C.

  • Brainard Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Babisnau, Germany, in B-17 'The Towering Titan' #4338085 after being rammed by enemy jet A/C.

  • Earl Losse

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Brux in B-17 'The Towering Titan' #4338085 rammed by enemy aircraft

  • Walter McClellan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Rammed by enemy aircraft in B-17 'The Towering Titan' #4338085. Landed by parachute in Biensdorf, GER. Arrested by SS; interrogated, ill-treated and shot after having to dig his own grave. After WW2 disinterred and reburied in the Burkhardswalde...

  • Robert Searfoss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Piloted #43-38085 on April 8, 1945, according to his own web site. Was not on board #43-38085 when A/C was lost, according to MACR.

  • Herman Spurrier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Brux rammed by enemy aircraft in B-17 'The Towering Titan' #4338085

  • Samuel Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Brux , rammed by enemy aircraft in B-17 'The Towering Titan' #4338085

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) Dresden, Germany 17 April 1945
Crashed Most, Czechia 17 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2018 09:43:05 Kauko56 Changes to description
Sources

MACR

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2018 09:41:36 Kauko56 Changes to description and unit associations
Sources

Kreischaer Bote, 6APR2010, p. 34

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2015 17:07:24 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description and person associations
Sources

Robert Searfoss' account: http://ustimes.com/ModelAirForce/index.html

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 14172 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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