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41-24593

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24593 "El Lobo" was assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-G] Presque Is 19-Oct-42; Grafton Underwood 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action4-Feb-42. Primary target was the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany but the target was obscured by clouds and the port area of Emden, Germany was bombed as a target of last resort. Aircraft sustained a hit by flak which caused it to have a mid-air collision with a German FW190 fighter and it crashed in tifal land near Filsum/Ostfriesland near Leer, Germany. 6KIA 4 POW MACR 15395.

P 1Lt Cornelius A. Jenkins (KIA) CP 2Lt Alexander C. Kerr (KIA)
N 2Lt Leigh J Monson, Jt. (KIA); B 2Lt John G. Shaljean (POW)
E/TTG SSgt Albert R. Moline (KIA); RO SSgt Coy D. Martin (POW)
BTG SSgt Dominic DeMatteo (KIA); WG SSgt Morris I. Tauber (KIA)
WG Sgt Lloyd R. Jackson (POW) TG SSgt Vincent Cook (POW)

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
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Vincent Cook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24593 'El Lobo' while serving as Tail Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). Target was Hamm, but aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with a German FW 190 and crashed in tidal land at Filsum/Ostfriesland near Leer,...

  • Dominic DeMatteo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) 4-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24593 'El Lobo' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Target was Hamm, but the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with a German FW 190 and crashed in tidal land at Filsum/Ostfriesland near Leer, Germany. 6...

  • Charles Hopson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 10

  • Lloyd Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24593 'El Lobo' while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). Target was Hamm, but aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with a German FW 190 and crashed in tidal land at Filsum/Ostfriesland near Leer,...

  • Cornelius Jenkins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) 4-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24593 'El Lobo' while serving as Pilot. Target was Hamm but aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with a German FW 190 and crashed in tidal land near Leer, Germany. 6 crew members were killed and 4 became...

  • Alexander Kerr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24593 'El Lobo' while serving as Co-Pilot. Target was Hamm, but the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with a German FW 190 and rashed in tidal land near Filsum/Ostfriesland near Leer, Germany. 6 crew...

  • Coy Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24593 'El Lobo' while serving as Radio Operator. Prisoner of War (POW). Target was Hamm, but aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with a German FW 190 and crashed in tidal land at Filsum/Ostfriesland near Leer,...

  • Albert Moline

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24593 'El Lobo' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was Hamm, but aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with a German FW 190 and crashed in tidal land at Filsum/Ostfriesland...

  • Leigh Monson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24593 'El Lobo' while serving as Navigator. Target was Hamm, but the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with a German FW 190 and crashed in tidal land near Filsum/Ostfriesland near Leer, Germany. 6...

  • John Shaljean

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24593 'El Lobo' while serving as Bombardier. Prisoner of War (POW). Target was Hamm, but aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with a German FW 190 and crashed in tidal land at Filsum/Ostfriesland near Leer,...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

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) Filsum, Germany 4 February 1943

Sustained a mid-air collision with an FW 190 and crashed in tidal land at Filsum/Ostfriesland near Leer, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 13:36:19 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 13:24:43 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2015 20:44:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Jan-2015. Corrected mid-air collision information and added crash location and MACR number to Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2015 20:28:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Jan-2015. Corrected Markings entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 19:15:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2015. Added nickname, markings and edited Description with target information per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added FTR event, rank, crew position, full proper name and dispositions per MACR 15395; Made connections to Squadron Place and Mission within existing website data.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15395 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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