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42-102645

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22 March 1944; Kearney 14 April 1944; Grenier 29 April 1944; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 14 May 1944. Missing in Action Karlsruhe 9 August 1944. Pilot: Clayton E. Child; Co-pilot: Kenneth V. French; Navigator: Henry F. Colt Jr; Bombardier: Harold F. Kilmer; Flight engineer/Top Turret gunner: Andrew E. Kuhn; Radio Operator: John B. Dubinskas; Ball Turret gunner: John R. Waldren; Right Waist gunner: Grady Lucas Jr; Tail gunner: Jerry R. McEldowney. Enemy aircraft, crash-landed near Zegelsem, SE of Oudenaarde, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8067. John Dubinskas and John Waldren were killed in the plane. Pilot Clayton Child was captured and survived the war. Jerry McEldowney and Grady Lucas were also made prisoner but they died in captivity, most probably during a forced march in the winter of 1945. Four men managed to evade capture : Henry Colt, Harold Kilmer, Andrew Kuhn and Kenneth French. For details about the evasion of Kuhn, Colt and Kilmer, see their pages in the "Fiches" section at website www.evasioncomete.be

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

  • Clayton Child

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flight Officer Clayton Child was Pilot of B-17 #42-102645, shot down by fighters and force-landed at Zegelsem, Belgium on 9 August 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Henry Colt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • John Dubinskas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen in B-17 #42102645

  • Jerry Eldowney

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Kenneth French

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen o 8/9/44 in B-17 #42102645

  • Harold Kilmer

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Harold F. Kilmer was hidden from the Germans by the resistance for a month and was able to join a U.S. Army unit and then traveled to Paris before returning to England. Harry stayed in touch with his Belgium friends until they passed away and was able...

  • Andrew Kuhn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen on 8/9/44 in B-17 #42102645

  • Grady Lucas

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • John Waldren

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen in B-17 #42102645

Missions

  • 533

    9 August 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) Zegelsem, Brakel, Belgium 9 August 1944

Hit by enemy fighter, force-landed by Pilot Clayton Child

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2018 20:13:02 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/31131

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 16:27:48 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 8067
Completed crew member names

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8067 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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