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42-3049

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 14/1/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-W] New Castle 17/3/43; Chelveston 25/3/43; Missing in Action Villacoublay 14/7/43 with John Perkins, Co-pilot: Art Lewis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Dube, Ball turret gunner: Joe Wendell, Waist gunner: Joe Devine, Waist gunner: Sid Lesneau,Tail gunner: Ken Meyer (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Chas Otis, Bombardier: George Carruthers, Radio Operator: Harry Fedora, foto-George Friend (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #3, crashed Lieuesant, 10 miles NW of Melun, Fr.; Missing Air Crew Report 64. WINDY CITY CHALLENGER.

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...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Carruthers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 July 1943 over Paris, in B-17 #423049 'Windy City Challenger. ' Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft III. . Our mission was Villacoublay Air Field (near Paris). Seven of my crew members perished when our B-17 exploded after flack and...

  • Joseph Devine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #423049 'Windy City Challenger. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Dube

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Harold Fedora

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #423049 'Windy City Challenger. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Friend

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Photographer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #423049 'Windy City Challenger. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier 15 May 1943 20 mm shells from FW190 came through window, shot away plexiglass nose. Plane was Old Bill B-17 42-29673 POW

  • Sidney Lesneau

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #423049 'Windy City Challenger. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Arthur Lewis

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #423049 'Windy City Challenger. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenneth Meyer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 42-3049 'Windy City Challenger. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 15 May 1943 20 mm shells from FW190 came through window, shot away plexiglass nose. Plane was Old Bill B-17 42-29673

  • Charles Otis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #423049 'Windy City Challenger. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Perkins

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

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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) France 14 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2017 16:14:45 Yorkshireman Changes to nicknames
Sources

Yorkshireman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 64 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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