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42-30155

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/43; Tinker 27/4/43; Memphis 30/4/43; Presque Is 6/5/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-C/E] Chelveston 31/5/43; force landed RAF St Eval 4/7/43, ret 12/8/43; Missing in Action Kiel 5/1/44 with Percy Hoag, Co-pilot: Lonnie McGee, Navigator: Hubert Fraker, Bombardier: Chas Howell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Rosenkoff, Radio Operator: Albert Croce, Ball turret gunner: Bob LaFontaine, Waist gunner: Burnette Dethlefsen, Waist gunner: Charles Maerser,Tail gunner: Lyman Franklin (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed mouth of Eider River, off Vollerweik, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1684.

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

  • Albert Croce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Radio Operator on B-17 42-30155, shot down on the Kiel mission, 5 January 1944 - Prisoner of War (POW) - MACR 1684.

  • Burnette Dethlefsen

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30155. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Hubert Fraker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier; Navigator, Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30155. Prisoner of War (POW). AM/ POW

  • Lyman Franklin

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30155. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Percy Hoag

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30155. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Howell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 42-30155. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert LaFontaine

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30155. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Lafontaine

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Charles Maercer

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Lonnie McGee

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 42-30155. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 5 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2018 13:02:13 ED-BB Changes to description, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Added photo & made connections

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1684 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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