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42-37978

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 2/11/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 5/1/44; Missing in Action Stettin 13/5/44 with Chas Bailey, Co-pilot: Curtis Thomas, Navigator: Thaddeus Borek, Bombardier: Calvin Faragher, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carleton Williams, Radio Operator: Amim Lakies, Ball turret gunner: Irving Ward, Waist gunner: Jim Kenney, Waist gunner: Chivous Hardin,Tail gunner: Bob Casilles (10INT); no gas, force landed Bulltofta, Sweden, Missing Air Crew Report 4870; left 25/5/45, sal 21/6/45.

Prior to 5/13/44, #42-37978 was piloted by Lt. John F. Schleifer. Enrico Carpini (my father) was the radio gunner. The name of this B-17 was "Ka-Lang" (the sound that shrapnel made as it hit the fuselage). Most of the missions Schleifer's crew flew were on this plane commencing on or about 1-4-44.

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

  • Charles Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237978. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Thaddeus Borek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237978. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Enrico Carpini

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    My dad, Enrico 'Rick' Carpini was from Linden, NJ and served as a radio gunner on a B-17G with the 305th Bomb Group/365th Bomb Squadron. He flew 30 missions from 1/4/44-5/22/44. The pilot was John F. Schleifer from Buffalo, NY. ...

  • Robert Casillas

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37978. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Bernard Controulis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-17 #4231402. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Anthony Domino

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Alvin Faragher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237978. Landed in Sweden. Interned. Mr father's firt mission was in B'17G #42-37978 'KaLang', on May 13, 1944, when 289 B-17s were dispatched to hit oil targets in Western Poland; but clouds forced 215 of them, including...

  • Calvin Faragher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Chivous Hardin

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237978. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • James Kenney

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237978. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

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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) and Interned (INT) Sweden 13 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2017 02:23:59 TomC Changes to media associations
Sources

Family photo

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2017 11:53:29 TomC Changes to nicknames, description and person associations
Sources

Research provided by Vivian Price-Rogers, Research Director, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, and Enrico Carpini's personal diary and effects from 1944.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4873 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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