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42-5056

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F-50-BO "Devil's Playmate" was delivered at Cheyenne, WY 9-Sep-42; Presque Isle, ME 19-Oct-4242; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-C/L] at Chelveston 30-Oct- 42; Missing in Action (MIA) Wilhelmshaven 26-Feb-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed into North Sea between Frisian Islands & Helgoland, Germany. 10KIA Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 15120.

P 1LT Isaac D. Benson (KIA); CP 2LT Martin L. Mjellem (KIA)
N 2LT Stanley I. Waliszewski (KIA); B 2LT Lee L. Winters (KIA)
E/TTG Paul I. Kleinschrodt (KIA); RO SSGT William J. Peteritas (KIA)
BTG SSGT Austin W. Routhier (KIA); LWG SGT William D. Hise (KIA)
RWG SSGT Ward S. Johnson (KIA); TG SSGT Charles F. Jackson (KIA)

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...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Isaac Benson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 42-5056 'Devil's Playmate' 305BG/364BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea between the Frisian Islands and Helgoland, Germany on a mission to...

  • William Hise

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17F 42-5056 'Devil's Playmate', 305BG/364BS while serving as Left Waist Gunner. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea between the Frisian Islands and Helgoland, Gernamy while on a...

  • Charles Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 42-5056 'Devil's Playmate', 305BG/364BS while serving as Tail Gunner. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea between the Frisian Islands and Helgoland, Germany while on...

  • Ward Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-1F7 42-5056 'Devil's Playmate', 305BG/364BS while serving as Right Wasit Gunner. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea between the Frisian Islands and Helgoland, Germany...

  • Paul Kleinschrodt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 42-5056 'Devil's Playmate', 305BG/364BS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into North Sea between the Frisian Islands and Helgoland while on a...

  • Martin Mjellem

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17F 42-5056 'Devil's Playmate', 305BG/364BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into North Sea between the Frisian Islands and Helgoland, Germany while on a mission to...

  • William Peteritas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action on 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 42-5056 'Devil's Playmate', 305BG/364BS while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea between the Frisian Islands and Helgoland, Germany while on a...

  • Austin Routhier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17F 42-5056 'Devil's Playmate', 305BG/364BS while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea between the Frisian Islands and Helgoland, Germany while on a...

  • Stanley Waliszewski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 42-5056 'Devil's Playmate', 305BG/364BS while serving as Navigator. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into North Sea between the Frisian Islands and Helgoland, Germany while on a mission...

  • Lee Winters

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 42-5056, 305BG/364BS while serving as Bombardier. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the Norht Sea between the Frisian Islands and Helgoland, Germany while on a mission to...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

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) Helgoland, Germany 26 February 1943

Shot down by fighters. Crashed into the North Sea between Frisian Islands and Helgoland.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2015 18:44:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 221-Jun-2015. Corrected typo on CP Mjellem.

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2015 18:02:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Jun-2015. Corrected typo on Bombardier name.

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2015 18:00:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Jun-2015. Added nickname, markings and made connections to Place and Mission from within existing website data; Added loss details and location based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Converted dates in Summary Biography to military-style signification, added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition of crew per MACR 15120, formatted crew display.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15120 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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