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Back row left to right

Thomas H. “Pete” Fitzgerald – Pilot
Edward J. Bullitt – Co-Pilot
Edwin M. Dexter – Navigator
Richard D. Eide – Bombardier

Front row left to right:

Ralph “H” Hichens – Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer
Edward Gramc - Radio Operator/Gunner
Edgar L. “Pappy” Heeg - Tail Gunner
Charles O. Beckham – Ball Turret Gunner
Michael Kimak – Waist Gunner

This picture was taken on September 21, 1944 when they were assigned to the 305th BG 422nd BS. The crew was originally assigned to the 384th BG 546th BS on May 16, 1944. They flew 16 operational missions before being transferred to the 305th BG. on June 26, 1944 where they completed their tour.

The original crew when assigned to the 384th BG had Carl R. Matthiesen as the Radio Operator/Gunner and William J. Pattillo as the 2nd Waist Gunner. Ed Gramc was assigned to the 384th BG 546th BS on May 16, 1944 with the James A. Gibson crew. For unknown reasons, when the Fitzgerald crew was transferred, Ed Gramc went with them and Carl Matthiesen and William Pattillo stayed with the 384th BG.

Connections

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...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Beckham

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Edward Bullitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Edwin Dexter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Richard Eide

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 10 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Thomas Fitzgerald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 18 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Edward Gramc

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner
    Transferred to the 305th Bombardment Group (per 546th BS Morning Report dated 26 June 1944). Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Edgar Heeg

    Military | Sergeant

  • Ralph Hichens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | top turret gunner and flight engineer
    Below is the list of missions he flew and the aircraft he was aboard: ...

  • Michael Kimak

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

Aircraft

  • 43-37837 Stag Party

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/5/44; Kearney 6/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG Chelveston 28/6/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 1/1/45 with Robert Wadhams, George Ten Eyck, Jim Howe, Tom Wade, Joe Mead, Claude Hudson (6 Killed in Action); Arnold...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2020 17:46:06 ghichens Changes to caption
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Greg Hichens

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2019 09:02:15 Emily Changes to collection, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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Associated people, units and aircraft

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2019 22:00:18 ghichens Changes to caption
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Greg Hichens, son

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2019 21:53:55 ghichens Changes to caption
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Greg Hichens, son

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2019 21:59:29 ghichens Created entry with collection and caption
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Greg Hichens, son

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