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42-3550

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 29/7/43; Grand Island 10/8/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-H] Chelveston 1/10/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Alden Kincaid, Navigator: Bob Metcalf, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Raines, Ball turret gunner: Ken Fenn, Waist gunner: Lou Bridda, Waist gunner: Alf Chalker,Tail gunner: Bill Heritage (7 Prisoner of War), Co-pilot: Norman Smith, Bombardier: Phil Blasig, Radio Operator: Bernie Martin (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Werneck, seven miles SW of Schweinfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 921.

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

  • Phillip Blasig

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423550. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Louis Bridda

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 365BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 42-3550; shot down 14-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 921 ...

  • Alfred Chalker

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423550. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Fenn

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423550. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Heritage

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423550. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alden Kincaid

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423550. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bernard Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3550, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Metcalf

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423550. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Raines

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3550, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norman Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423550. 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...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 921 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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