Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Assigned 423BS/381BG [VE-L] Ridgewell 24/5/43 with Capt Joe Alexander, Co-pilot: Bill Crowley, Navigator: Jack Wemmer, Bombardier: Jim Nance, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Mault Thompson, Radio Operator: Walt Ferens, Ball turret gunner: Pete Garvan, Waist gunner: Joe Fazarti,Tail gunner: George Johnsen; 14m transferred 365BS/305BG [XK-J] Chelveston 22/8/43; 2 BAD Warton 20/3/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 23/6/44; Amarillo 7/7/44; Keesler 6/11/44; Sheppard 24/3/45; Amarillo 4/11/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 28/12/45. OLD COFFINS.
The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...
Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
Damaged by flak and fighters on a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 24 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31544 left formation after the target and crashed NNW of Ghent, Belgium after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
Flew 30 missions within the 365th bomb squadron between october 1943 and may 1944.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Armorer Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
Charles Lozenski served as an aerial gunner with the 365th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Chelveston, England. Was on the Kane/Normand Crew 14/10/43 A/C #42-3412 1 of 2 planes to return out of 15 from the 305th that day.
13 December 1943
The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...
24 December 1943
This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...
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...
Military site : airfield
Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...
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