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42-30831

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/8/43; Gr Isle 14/8/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-H] Chelveston 15/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Ed Dienhart, Bombardier: Carl Johnson, Radio Operator: Hurley Smith, Ball turret gunner: Ray Baus, Waist gunner: Bob Cinibulk, Waist gunner: Christy Zullo,Tail gunner: Bernie Segal (7INT), Co-pilot: Brunson Bolin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Blaylock (2 Prisoner of War), Navigator: Don Rowley (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crash landed wheels up at Reinach Aesch, near Basle, Switzerland. Missing Air Crew Report 913. LAZY BABY.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Raymond Baus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4230831 'Lazy Baby. ' Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • George Blalock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4230831 'Lazy Baby. ' A/C landed in Switzerland, however, T/Sergeant Blalock had bailed out prior and was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Brunson Bolin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4230831 'Lazy Baby. ' A/C landed in Switzerland, however, Lt. Bolin was ordered by the pilot to bail out and did so after getting the top turret gunner out of the A/C. He was captured by German soldiers but not before...

  • Robert Cinibulk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4230831 'Lazy Baby'. Landed in Switzerland. Interned. Was on cemetery detail of burying the American dead. Also was made part of the underground because he spoke Polish. He was first generation Czechoslovakian.

  • John De Vries

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Richard De Vries served as a ball turret gunner with the 364th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Chelveston, England.

  • Edward Dienhart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4230831 'Lazy Baby. ' Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Carl Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4230831 'Lazy Baby. ' Landed in Switzerland. Lt. Johnson was severly wounded on mission. Interned.

  • Donald Rowley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 7 x missions. Shot down 14-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30831 'Lazy Baby. ' Landed in Switzerland. Died of his wounds in Swiss hospital. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 913. ...

  • Bernard Segal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4230831 'Lazy Baby. ' Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Hurley Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4230831 'Lazy Baby. ' Landed in Switzerland. T/Sergeant. Smith was wounded on the mission. Interned.

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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
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Washington, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Chelveston, Wellingborough NN9, UK 15 September 1943

Assigned 364BS, 305BG, 8AF.

Crash landed INT. Basle, Switzerland 14 October 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt 14-Oct-43. damaged by enemy aircraft, crash landed wheels up at Reinach Aesch, near Basle, Switz. 7 x INT, 2 x POW, 1 x KIA. MACR 913.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2017 11:12:27 Lucy May Changes to description and place associations
Sources

Changed place assigned from Polebrook to Chelveston as this is where the 305th Bomb Group were based and it is also the airfield recorded on MACR 913 as the airfield of departure on 14 October 1943.

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 11:09:19 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28597922

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2014 18:06:02 timboln Changes to nicknames
Sources

My father is Brunson W. Bolin, 02/15/24-08/03/11. The aircraft's name of Lazy Baby has been used in various publications, i.e. Reader's Digest, AIR CLASSIC's, and George Kuhls' book "Wrong Place Wrong Time" for a few examples.
TB

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 913 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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