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41-24553

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24553 'Cherry' was assigned to Syracuse 16-Sep-42;Presque Isle 19-Oct-42; Grafton Underwood 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action, 6-Dec-42 on a mission to bomb the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive factory at Lille, France. Shot down by Uffz Schnell (3/JG26), crashed near Lille, France. First group loss. 9KIA 1POW No MACR issued.

P 2Lt William A. Prentice (KIA); CP 2Lt Harold W. Schroka (KIA)
N 2Lt Harry O. Williams (KIA); B 2Lt Henry J Webber (POW)
E/TTG MSgt Stewart R. Saunders (KIA); RO SSgt Thomas G Perry (KIA)
BTG SSgt Joseph W. Gleason (KIA); WG SSgt Samuel Q. Jones (KIA)
WG SSgt Edward H. Blount (KIA); TG SSgt Leahmon E. Bryant (KIA)

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

  • Edward Blount

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 6 December 1942 in B-17 41-24553 'Cherry' while serving as Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Leahmon Bryant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 6 December 1942 in B-17 4124553 'Cherry' while serving as Tail Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Gleason

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 6 December 1942 in B-17 41-24553 'Cherry' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Samuel Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 6 December 1942 in B-17 41-24553 'Cherry' while serving as Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Perry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 6 December 1942 in B-17 41-24553 'Cherry' while serving as Radio Operator. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Prentice

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 6 December 1942 in B-17 41-24553 'Cherry' while serving as Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Stewart Saunders

    Military | Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 6 December 1942 in B-17 41-24553 'Cherry' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Henry Webber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down 6 December 1942 in B-17 41-24553 'Cherry' while serving as Navigator. Returned to the United States after the end of hostilities.

  • Harry Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 6 December 1942 in B-17 41-24553 'Cherry' while serving as Navigator. Died of Wounds (DOW). Williams died on 11-Dec-1942 and was buried with the rest of the crew.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Lille, France 6 December 1942

No MACR was issued for this loss. However, it is known that it was shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed near Lille, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 19:03:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-Dec-2014. Edited description for consistency, formatted crew information, all changes per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & JohnA. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2014 18:45:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-Nov-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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