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42-3195

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/43; Presque Is 27/4/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-O] Chelveston 22/6/43; Missing in Action 14/10/43 with Neal Fisher, Co-pilot: Clinton Bush, Radio Operator: Harvey Bennett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clinton Bitton, Waist gunner: Loren Fink, Tail gunner: George LeFebre (6 Prisoner of War), Navigator: Carl Booth (body never recovered), Bombardier: Don Hissom, Ball turret gunner: Harry Insdorf, Waist gunner: Tom Therrien (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Waldenrath, near Geilenkirchen, 17 miles N of Aachen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 916.

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...

  • 366th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harvey Bennett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423195. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clinton Bitton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229742. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423195. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Booth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423195. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clinton Bush

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229742. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423195. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Craig Conley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30804. KIA.

  • Robert Fanning

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    There is some mystery here as to why Fanning was flying a mission on 6 March 1944 when his tour apparently ended in December 1943. The 388th BG website lists a "R.W. Fanning" as the navigator for the Gridley Crew on 6 March 1944, however the WW2 POW...

  • Loren Fink

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423195. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Neal Fisher

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423195. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Hissom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423195. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Insdorf

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423195. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 106

    2 October 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2017 00:53:59 charlieb Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

MISSION LIST

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2017 00:02:01 charlieb Changes to media associations
Sources

INTERNET PHOTO FROM MEMBER OF 305TH BG F/B

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 916 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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