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42-30724

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 17/7/43; Scott 8/8/43; Presque Is 17/8/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG Thurleigh 20/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-D] Chelveston 31/8/43; Missing in Action Kiel 5/1/44 with Stephen Barker, John Farley, Paul Wilson, Vince Durante, Billy Peyton, Sherman Crews, John Baudoin, John McAllister, Bill Hastings (9 Prisoner of War), Merle Wood (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Cuxhaven, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1685.

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...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Stephen Barker

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #4230724. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Baudoin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #4230724. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Sherman Crews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #4230724. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Vincent Durante

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #4230724. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Farley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30724. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Hastings

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #4230724. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John McAlister

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Billy Peyton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #4230724. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #4230724. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Merle Wood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30724. Killed in Action (KIA).

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...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2016 16:02:05 wimhm.slangen Changes to nicknames
Sources

Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1685 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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