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42-29792

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 2/3/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-G] Chelveston 8/4/43; Missing in Action St Nazaire 29/5/43 with Jim Perry, Co-pilot: Bob Roddy, Navigator: Herb Korenko, Bombardier: Russell Rose, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Frutch, Radio Operator: Harold Perry, Ball turret gunner: John Gemmel, Waist gunner: Mike Macinsky, Waist gunner: Ralph Vitello (9 Killed in Action);Tail gunner: Ray Allaby (POW-only chute to open in time); flak, crashed St Nazaire, Fr. No MACR..

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

  • Raymond Allaby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Raymond Allaby served as a tail gunner with the 305th Bomb Group. He was shot down on 29 May 1943 on his tenth mission, over St. Nazaire, France in B-17 42-29792. Nine of the crew were killed, he was the only one who survived. Taken as a Prisoner of...

  • Charles Frutch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229792. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Gemmel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229792. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Herbert Korenko

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Herb Korenko was an outstanding baseball and football player in high school and college. ...

  • Michael Macinsky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229792. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Perry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 23 May 1943 in B-17 #4229792. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Perry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229792. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Roddy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229792. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Russell Rose

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229792. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ralph Vitello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229792. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2016 09:38:14 Lucy May Changes to unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Made connections from information in the aircraft's Biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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