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42-29870

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 28/2/43; Casper 13/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Presque Is 30/4/43; Dow Fd 1/5/43; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 2/5/43; transferred 365BS/305BG [XK-T/H] Chelveston 23/6/43; 545BS/384BG [JD-U] Grafton Underwood 29/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Giles Kauffman, Co-pilot: George Molner, Navigator: Frank Pogorzelski, Bombardier: Dave Danneman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Jarrell, Radio Operator: Jules Beck, Ball turret gunner: Jacob Martinez, Waist gunner: Paul Spodar,Tail gunner: Stan Rueben (9 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Pete Seniawsky (EVD-ret UK 1/12/43 via Spain & Gibraltar); crashed Bruckenau, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 1038. TS aka BIG MOOSE.

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...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron
  • 545th Bomb Squadron
  • Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (3rd Bomb Division)

People

  • Ronald Barstow

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Jules Beck

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29870 'Big Moose.' Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1038. Earlier, on 4 October 1943 returning from a mission to Frankfurt, B17#42-30043 'Ruthless' ditched in The North Sea. The entire crew was...

  • David Danneman

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier, Enlisted Nose Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29870 'Big Moose.' Prisoner of War (POW), Missing Air Crew Report #1038. POW

  • Jack Edwards

    Military | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • L Fecteau

    Military | Radio Operator

  • Gene Foster

    Military | Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed/ died on this date DFC, PH

  • William Jarrell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29870 'Big Moose.' Prisoner of War (POW), Missing Air Crew Report #1038. Earlier, on 4 Oct 1943 returning from mission to Frankfurt, B17 #42-30043 'Ruthless' ditched in the North Sea. The entire crew was rescued...

  • Joseph Kane

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew 25 Combat Missions out of England. One of two to return from Schweinfurt 14 October 1943. At times flew Group, Squadron and Wing Lead. Was in the Air Force for 10 yrs and 30 yrs as an airline pilot. Discharged from Travis AFB, 1950. ...

  • Giles Kauffman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 42-29870, 14 October 1943. Prisoner of War (POW), Missing Air Crew Report #1038. Earlier, on 4 October 1943 returning from a mission to Frankfurt, B17#42-30043 'Ruthless' ditched in The North Sea and rescued by H. M Drifter.

  • Manning Lawrence

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4237740. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

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...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2018 01:51:14 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
Sources

Added connection to Schweinfurt Mission 10/14/1943 per data in description.

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2018 01:45:23 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
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Capitalized nickname.

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2017 01:02:43 charlieb Changes to mission associations
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MISSION LOGS

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2017 01:51:10 charlieb Changes to media associations
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INTERNET

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2017 03:14:08 charlieb Changes to unit associations, person associations and mission associations
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MISSION LOGS

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2017 20:47:37 charlieb Changes to nicknames
Sources

get one a/c group 8th af

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1038 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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