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42-38108

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 15/12/43; Mitchell 18/1/44; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 29/1/44; Assigned 366BS/305BG [WW- ] Chelveston 16/2/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 29/3/44 with Capt Ray Taylor, Co-pilot: Rene Moser, Navigator: Ed Page, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Waldo Arguello (4 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Bill Breuninger, Radio Operator: La Vern Spence, Ball turret gunner: Walt Ognan, Waist gunner: Leland Gibb, Waist gunner: Jim Clark,Tail gunner: Howard Allen (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Huxahl-Dieste, 12 miloes N of Celle, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3477. BARBARA II.

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

  • Howard Allen

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by fighters during head-on attacks and crashed N of Celle, GR on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38108. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Waldo Arguello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by fighters during head-on attacks and crashed N of Celle, GR on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38108. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Breuninger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by fighters during head-on attacks and crashed N of Celle, GR on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38108. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Clark

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by fighters during head-on attacks and crashed N of Celle, GR on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38108. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leland Gibbs

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by fighters during head-on attacks and crashed N of Celle, GR on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38108. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Patrick McHugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B-17 Gunner Left Waist & Tail | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Rene Moser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by fighters during head-on attacks and crashed N of Celle, GR on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38108. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Ognan

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by fighters during head-on attacks and crashed N of Celle, GR on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38108. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Page

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by fighters during head-on attacks and crashed N of Celle, GR on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38108. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • LaVern Spence

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down by fighters during head-on attacks and crashed N of Celle, GR on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38108. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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) Germany 29 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2019 22:54:13 Engelsprint757 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Captain Raymond E. Taylor is one of the KIA in B-17G, tail # 42-38108.
Other KIA are his co-pilot, 2nd Lt Rene Moser, the navigator, 2nd Lt Edward F. Page, Jr, and the Top Turrent Gunner, S/Sgt Waldo S. Arguelle.
The remainder of the 10 man crew were taken prisoner: Sgt Lavern A. Spence, Radio Operator; S/Sgt James E. Clark, Right Waist Gunner; S/Sgt Leland N. Gibbs, Jr, Left Waist Gunner; 2nd Lt William F. Breuninger, Bombardier; S/Sgt Walter R. Ognan, Ball Turret Gunner; and S/Sgt Howard M. Allen, Tail Gunner.
Information from the MACR 3477, declassified on 10 Sep 1982.
Information on name is from the history of the aircraft.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3477 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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