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42-102699

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 23/5/44; transferred 365BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 25/5/44; Missing in Action Cottbus 29/5/44 with Ward Hanson, Co-pilot: Jacob Shearer, Navigator: Phil Vooz, Bombardier: Mike Benedict, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leon Tindell, Radio Operator: Walt Overstreet, Ball turret gunner: Russell Ray, Waist gunner: Bob Mergan, Waist gunner: Ralph Finney,Tail gunner: Harry Bailey (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Politzig, four miles E of Meseritz, near Schwerin, Pol. Missing Air Crew Report 5335.

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

  • Harold Bailey

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102699. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Michael Benedict

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102699. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Finney

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102699. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ward Hanson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102699. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Mergan

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102699. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Overstreet

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102699. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Russell Ray

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102699. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jacob Shearer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102699. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • L Tindell

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102699. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Philip Vooz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102699. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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...

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 May 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5335 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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