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41-24623

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Geiger 1-Sep-42; with George Stallman force landed Hancock Field, NY 5-Oct-42; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-V] Presque Isle, Maine 19-Oct-42; Grafton Underwood 25-Oct-42; Chelveston 11-Dec-42; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen 26-Feb-43. The aircraft sustained damage from anti-aircraft fire over the target and then was finished off by fighters and crashed into the Jadebusen (Jade Bight) Germany. 5KIA 5POW. MACR 16054. The Ball Turret Gunner was held at various prison camps but escaped in October of 1943 on this third attempt and returned to England on 27-Feb-44, Escape and Evasion Report 424. He was awarded the Silver Star.

P 1LT George E. Stallman (KIA); CP 2LT Robert B. Igo (KIA)
N 2LT Joseph B. Onorato (KIA); B 2LT Thomas P. Finlay (KIA)
E/TTG SSGT Peter Kekseo (KIA);RO SGT Cassius E. Morse (POW)
BTG SSGT Lee C. Gordon (POW)(ESC); LWG SGT William L. Jones (POW)
RWG SGT Lawrence C. Lovos (POW); TG SSGT Floyd B. Ammerman (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...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Floyd Ammerman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    On 26-Feb-43 while serving as the Tail Gunner in B-17F 41-24623, 305BG/365BS the aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the target at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. He was able to bale out and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW). The aircraft was...

  • Thomas Finlay

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24623, 305BG/365BS while serving as Bombardier. The aircraft was hit by AA fire over the target of Wilhelmshaven, Germany and was then shot down by German fighters. The aircraft crashed into the Jadebusen ...

  • Lee Gordon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    On 26-Feb-43 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24623, 305BG/365BS the aircraft sustained dmage from AA fire over the target at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. He was able to bale out and was captured. The aircraft was tehn shot down by German...

  • Robert Igo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24623, 305BG/365BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the target at Wilhelmshaven, Germany and was then shot down by fighters and crashed into the Jadenbusen (Jade...

  • William Jones

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    On 26-Feb-43 while serving as the Left Waist Gunner on B-1F7 41-24623, 305BG/365BS the aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the target at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. He was able to bale out and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW). The aircraft...

  • Peter Kekseo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24623, 305BG/365BS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. The aircraft sustained damage for AA fire over the target at Wilhelmshaven, Germany and was then shot down by German fighters and crashed into...

  • Lawrence Lovos

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    On 26-Feb-43 he was serving as the Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24623, 305BG/365BS when the aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the target at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. He was able to bale out before the aircraft was attacked by German fighters...

  • Cassius Morse

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    On 26-Feb-43 he was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW) having served as the Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24623, 305BG/365BS. The aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the target at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. SSGT Kekseo was able to bale...

  • Joseph Onorato

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24623, 305BG/365BS while serving as Navigator. The aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the target of Wilehlmshaven, Germany and was then shot down by fighters. The aircraft crashed into the...

  • George Stallman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24623, 305BG/365BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the target and was finshed off by fighters and crashed into the Jadebusen (Jade Bight), Germany while on a mission...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Jade Bight, Germany 26 February 1943

Shot down by AA fire and fighter attack and crashed into the Jadebusen (Jade Bight) east of Wilhelmshaven, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2015 21:38:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jun-2015. Corrected typo in FTR event description.

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2015 19:26:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jun-2015. Added markings and loss details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey; MACR 16054; Added Unit Squadron, Place and Mission connections within existing website data; Made map connection to crash location; Added information on BTG escape per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Escape and Evasion Report 424: http/media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-424.pdf. Converted dates in Description to military-style signification, added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition of crew members and formatted crew display.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16054 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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