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42-5078

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 42-4078 was delivered Tulsa 15-Sep-42; Presque Is 19-Oct-42; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-C] Chelveston Nov-42. Shot down 30-Dec-42 by enemy aircraft on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Crashed into the Bay of Biscay, France. Missing in Action. 10KIA No MACR issued.

P 1Lt Floyd E. Love (KIA) CP 2Lt Kent H. Wolfsen (KIA)
N Frank J. Watchtel (KIA); B 2Lt Lawrence Goreski (KIA)
E/TTG Raymond N. Kirkendoll (KIA); RO TSgt Roland B. Digman (KIA)
BTG SSgt Raymond E Bandy (KIA) WG Sgt Robert E. Joyce (KIA)
WG Larry C. DeBruin (KIA); TG SSgt Peter G. Galarza (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...

  • 366th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Raymond Bandy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    On 25-Oct-42 while aboard B17F 42-5059, the aircraft crashed into the sea off Baldy Point, Nova Scotia on ferrying flight from Gander to Prestwick. Aircraft extensively damaged and accident is listed as a ferry loss. RTD. ...

  • Larry DeBruin

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-5078 while serving as Left Waist Gunner. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Assigned to target submarine base at Lorient , AC was reported to have left formation to assist AC 42-2975 of the 306th BG which was...

  • Roland Digman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-5078 while serving a Radio Operator. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Assigned to target submarine base at Lorient. AC was reported to have left formation to assist AC 42-2975 of the 306th...

  • Peter Galarza

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-5078. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Assigned to target submarine base at Lorient, AC was reported to have left formation to assist AC 42-2975 of the 306th BG which was attacked by...

  • Laurence Goreski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to target submarine base at Lorient in B-17 42-5078 while serving as Bombardier. AC was reported to have left formation to assist AC 42-2975 of the 306th BG which was attacked by fighters. The 306th bomber had joined the 305th formation after...

  • Robert Joyce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-5078 while serving as Right Waist Gunner. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Assigned to target submarine base at Lorient AC was reported to have left formation to assist AC 42-2975 of the...

  • Raymond Kirkendoll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-5078 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Assigned to target submarine base at Lorient, AC was reported to have left formation to assist AC 42-2975 of the 306th BG which...

  • Floyd Love

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 30-Dec-42 in B-17 42-5078 while serving as Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA). Aircraft was reported to have left formation to assist AC 42-2975 of the 306th BG which was attacked by fighters. The 306th bomber had joined the 305th formation after...

  • Francis Wachtel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-5078 while serving as Navigator. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Assigned to target submarine base at Lorient. AC was reported to have left formation to assist AC 42-2975 of the 306th BG...

  • Kent Wolfsen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-5078 while serving as Co-Pilot. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Assigned to target submarine base at Lorient. AC was reported to have left formation to assist AC 42-2975 of the 306th BG...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

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-MIA Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed into the Bay of Biscay not far from the target.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2014 20:19:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2014. Formatted marking display.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2014 20:14:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2014. Edited marking details.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2014 19:44:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2014. Added connection to 366th Bomb Squadron per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman & Dave Osborne.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2014 19:42:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2014. Added target to description, converted dates to military-style signification; added rank, proper full names and dispositions to crew information;Formatted crew display; Added FTR event; made connection to Place and Mission per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added markings per "The Mighty Eighth Warpaint & Heraldry" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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