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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 24/10/44; Dow Fd 1/11/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG Chelveston 5/12/44; ex-Kassel 15/12/44 with Finis Harris, John Griffin, R.L. Mason, Laverne Ridge, Herschel McCoy, Cliff Melton, Robert L Burry, Willie Barnes, Charles Nordland (9 Killed in Action); hit radio mast at Daventry, Northamptonshire, in poor visibilty, crashed near Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK; Sal, Missing Air Crew Report 149.

In August 2014, a team from Sywell Aviation Museum excavated the crash site. They are hoping to have a display ready by the time they open in Easter 2015. For more about the museum and to find out its opening times please see their website: http://www.sywellaerodrome.co.uk/museum.php

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...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Willie Barnes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Returning from a mision on Kassel, weather became very heavy overcast. Plane was trying to land using radio beacons, they hit the radio tower at Daventry, all crew was killed

  • Robert Burry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Robert L Burry was killed on 15 December 1944 returning from a mission on Kassel. Weather became very heavily overcast and the aircraft was trying to land using radio beacons. They hit the radio tower at Daventry and all of the crew members who did not...

  • John Griffin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Returning from a mision on Kassel, weather became very heavy overcast. Plane was trying to land using radio beacons, they hit the radio tower at Daventry, all crew was killed

  • Finis Harris

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Lt Finis E. Harris, Jr., was the son of a judge in Cookeville, Tennessee, USA. The oldest of three sons, he joined the Army Air Corp. His two other brothers enlisted, as well. Returning from a mission on Kassel on 15/Dec/44 and the B-17 having been...

  • Robert Mason

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Returning from a mision on Kassel, weather became very heavy overcast. Plane was trying to land using radio beacons, they hit the radio tower at Daventry, all crew was killed

  • Hershel McCoy

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Returning from a mision on Kassel, weather became very heavy overcast. Plane was trying to land using radio beacons, they hit the radio tower at Daventry, all crew was killed Originally flew with the 482nd BG as member of Plymale's crew

  • Clifford Melton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Returning from a mision on Kassel, weather became very heavy overcast. Plane was trying to land using radio beacons, they hit the radio tower at Daventry, all crew was killed

  • Charles Nordland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Returning from a mision on Kassel, weather became very heavy overcast. Plane was trying to land using radio beacons, they hit the radio tower at Daventry, all crew was killed Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Laverne Ridge

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Returning from a mision on Kassel, weather became very heavy overcast. Plane was trying to land using radio beacons, they hit the radio tower at Daventry, all crew was killed

Missions

  • 750

    15 December 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
Based at Chelveston, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN9, UK 14 December 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) Daventry, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11, UK 15 December 1944
Returning from mission Kassel, Germany 15 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2016 05:03:41 cspindler Changes to media associations
Sources

Harris family collection

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 16:04:42 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

Notes in the Findagrave record for Ball Turret Gunner Robert Burry written by his granddaughter: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=dfl&GRid=56288256

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15943 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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