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42-29553

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 3/1/43; Salina 9/1/43; Homestead 18/2/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-D] Chelveston 4/3/43; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Wright Gerke, Co-pilot: Tom Reade, Navigator: Joe Costa, Bombardier: Jack Little, Ball turret gunner: Ed Keesling, Waist gunner: Joe Rowlison, Waist gunner: Herb Kalwa,Tail gunner: Joe Hall (8 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Fullerton, Radio Operator: Jim Chalker (2 Prisoner of War); flak & enemy aircraft, crashed near Munchen-Gladbach, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 252. ARKIE II.

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

  • James Chalker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229553 'Arkie. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Joseph Costa

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229553 'Arkie. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harry Fullerton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229553 'Arkie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wright Gerke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229553 'Arkie. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Hall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229553 'Arkie. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Herbert Kalwa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229553 'Arkie. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Keesling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229553 'Arkie. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jack Little

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229553 'Arkie. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Read

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229553 'Arkie. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joe Rowlison

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229553 'Arkie. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

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 12 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 252 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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