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Lt. Frank Robert Spitznagel and crew. 364th Squadron, 305th BG. Assembled June 18, 1943 in front of their B-17 #42-29633, nicknamed "SpitzFire"
(Personnel noted Back Row Left - Right; Front Row L-R)

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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

  • Karl Brauer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Crew completed 25 missions by 19 August 1943

  • John Guminey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Member of B-17 crew; completed 25 missions by 19 August 1943.

  • Harold Hambleton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Member B-17 crew; completed 25 missions by 10 July 1943

  • Samuel Johnston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Crew completed 25 missions by 19 August 1943

  • Robert Metcalf

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Crew completed 25 missions by 19 August 1943

  • Jesse Pogue

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Member of B-17 crew that completed 25 missions by 19 August 1943.

  • Timothy Riordan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Member of B-17 crew; completed 25 missions by 19 August 1943

  • Frank Rollow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    B-17 #4230004 ditched in Channel on 6 September 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229988. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Willis Rose

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Member B-17 crew; completed 25 missions by 19 August 1943

  • Frank Spitznagel

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Born November 5, 1919 in Buffalo, NY. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-29633 "SpitzFire" (early 1943)

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/43; Salina 12/2/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-H/J/N/D] Chelveston 4/3/43. Completed missions as "Spitz Fire" under command of Lt. Frank R. Spitznagel Jr. until 8/19/43; transferred 381BG Ridgewell 11/9/43 1m; 526BS/379BG [LF-U]...

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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 38

    27 February 1943
    With weather and cloud cover continuing to frustrate bombing efforts against targets in Northern Germany, VIII Bomber Command decides to mount a raid against the harbour facilities at Brest, France. A total of 60 B-17s are destached: 91BG (18); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 42

    12 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville, France is the primary target for 72 B-17s. 91BG (18); 303BG (18) ; 305BG (17) and 306BG (19). Of this formation, 63 are effective on the target. There are no aircraft losses or claims on enemy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 43

    13 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Amiens/Longeau, France are the primary target for this mission but the rail line at Romescamps, the German airfield at Abbevile/Drucat and two other targets of opportunity are also bombed. 80 B-17s are despatched: 91BG...

  • VIII Bomber Command 45

    18 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...

  • VIII Bomber Command 46

    22 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens and harbour facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. 76 B-17's are despatched: 91BG (21); 303BG (18); 305BG (18); and 306BG (19). These are joined by 26 B-24's: 44BG (12) and 93BG (14). Of this force...

  • VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 48

    31 March 1943
    The shipyards ar Rotterdam, Holland are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19) and 306BG (19). The weather prevents bombing by 91BG and 306BG reducing the total effective on the target to 33 of the 78 despatched....

  • VIII Bomber Command 49

    4 April 1943
    The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 51

    16 April 1943
    The German U-Boat threat to Allied ship convoys and the destruction of the harbour facilities supporting that capability are the number 1 priority of the Combined Bomber Offensive. Thus, the U-boat pens at Lorient, France and the harbour facilities at...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2018 17:36:04 Despitz Changes to caption
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Ds 6/30/2018

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2016 17:43:09 Despitz Changes to collection
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Doug Spitznagel

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2016 00:34:43 Despitz Changes to place associations
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Contributed by Douglas Spitznagel

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2016 00:34:37 Despitz Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Contributed by Douglas Spitznagel

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