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42-37957

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 26/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-K] Chelveston 12/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 22/3/44 with Eldred Whipple, Co-pilot: Oscar Leibowitz, Navigator: John Murphy, Bombardier: Glenn Freeborn, Waist gunner: Dan Tremitier (5KIA-all in wreckage); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Ward, Radio Operator: Harry Hawkins, Ball turret gunner: Virgil Moore, Waist gunner: Rich Wilson,Tail gunner: Alex Grant (5 Prisoner of War); severe flak damage, crashed Pfarlhausen, 10 miles E of Oldenburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3432.

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

  • Glenn Freeborn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by flak after losing an engine and crashed E of Oldenburg, GR on a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37957. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alexander Grant

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Harry Hawkins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by flak after losing an engine and crashed E of Oldenburg, GR on a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37957. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Oscar Leibowitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by flak after losing an engine and crashed E of Oldenburg, GR on a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37957. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Virgil Moore

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by flak after losing an engine and crashed E of Oldenburg, GR on a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37957. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Murphy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by flak after losing an engine and crashed E of Oldenburg, GR on a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37957. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Dan Tremitier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Frank Ward

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by flak after losing an engine and crashed E of Oldenburg, GR on a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37957. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eldred Whipple

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by flak after losing an engine and crashed E of Oldenburg, GR on a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37957. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by flak after losing an engine and crashed E of Oldenburg, GR on a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37957. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 22 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3432 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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