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42-102555

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 6/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-F] Chelveston 14/5/44;

The aircraft was damaged on 18 July 1944 when a 500lb bomb smashed through the nose of the aircraft while flying over the Target . Navigator Lieutenant L J Simpson was killed in the accident.

Missing in Action Bohlen 3/2/45 with Dan Shoemaker, Ermal Pinkley, Tom Lang, Russ Roberts, Quinto Bastanzi, Ray Benton, Bob Buckley, Armando Cantu, Gaylen Snyder (9 Killed in Action); Missing Air Crew Report ?.

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

  • Quinto Bastanzi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Raymond Benton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Robert Buckley

    Military | Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Armando Cantu

    Military | Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Thomas Lang

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Ermal Pinkley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Russell Roberts

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Daniel Shoemaker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) 3 February 1945. PH

  • Louis Simpson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Simpson was killed in action on 18 July 1944 when a 500lb bomb fell through the nose of his aircraft over the target. The aircraft, B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-102555) managed to return to base.

  • Gaylen Snyder

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA)

Missions

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

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) Germany 18 July 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 3 February 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2019 16:12:22 Emily Changes to markings, description and mission associations
Sources

Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Diary

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15211 / MACR 15679 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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