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Laurence M Goreski


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 cloud cover had obscured their own squadrons. Fighters also attacked B-17 42-2975 which was shot down. Killed in Action (KIA)


Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    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


  • 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....


  • 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...

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Lived in CO 1941
Killed in Action (KIA) Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Killed when aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the sea near Lorient, France. His remains were never recovered.

Commemorated Saint-James, France 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Brittany American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
05 December 2017 10:30:37 Lucy May Changes to events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2014 22:22:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2014 Added crew position to biography per 'Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; added decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:08 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Heys Vol. 1 p 56 No MACR