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42-5053

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Presque Is 28/10/42; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-L] Chelveston 14/11/42; Missing in Action 4/7/43 with Bill Wetzel, Navigator: Ralph McKee (2 evaded capture); Radio Operator: Earl Sell, Waist gunner: Bernie McNight (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Chas Cockrell, Bombardier: Chas Allen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Doya Garrett, Ball turret gunner: Pete Hnatuick, wgh-Bill Hulett,Tail gunner: Bill Mooney (6 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed St Colunbin, 16 miles S of Nantes, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 14439. (Used in film '1000 Plane Raid.') BLOODY TANGIER SHOW.

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

  • Charles Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425053. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Cockrell

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Born in 1921, Charlie was named after his father's brother that was killed in the Second Battle of the Marne, July 1918. Charlie was 19 yrs old and stationed at Hickam Field, Pearl Harbor on 12/07/41 when the Japanese attacked. He usually skipped...

  • Doya Garrett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425053. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Peter Hnatuick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425053. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Hulett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425053. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ralph McKee

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on 16th mission 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425053. Evaded capture and escaped to Spain and returned to Allied control. Escape & Evasion Number 89. ...

  • Bernard McNight

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 42-5053. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Mooney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425053. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Sell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425053. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Wetzel

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425053. Evaded

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) France 4 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 14439 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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