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Bernard E Controulis


Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-17 #4231402. Killed in Action (KIA).


Update 10/13/17.....Prior to 5/11/44, Lt. Controulis was the co-pilot on #42-37978 named "Ka-Lang" (the sound that shrapnel made as it hit the fuselage). According to Vivian Rogers-Price, Research Director at the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Georgia, "I also found that the Co-Pilot on your father's crew, 2nd Lt. Bernard
E. Controulis was KIA on 11 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31402 which was seen
to explode. On this mission he flew on the Alex Thomaides crew, not
with his usual pilot, J.F. Schleifer (see MACR 4869). Additionally, my father was the radio gunner on "Ka-Lang" and served with Lt. Controulis on that plane prior to 5/11/44. My dad's diary entry from 5/11/44: "Made my 30th and last mission. Not as happy an occasion as it should be. Lt. Controulis along with Lt. Thomaides crew, all swell fellows, hit and exploded. Saw their ship burn and explode. Didn't see anyone get out."


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...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31402

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/10/43; Gr Island 13/11/43; Nashville 29/11/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 22/12/43; Missing in Action Saarbruken 11/5/44 with Alex Thomaides, Co-pilot: Bernard Controulis, Navigator: Foster Stolp, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-37978 "Ka-Lang"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/11/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 5/1/44; Missing in Action Stettin 13/5/44 with Chas Bailey, Co-pilot: Curtis Thomas, Navigator: Thaddeus Borek, Bombardier: Calvin Faragher, Flight engineer/top turret...

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
Born Decatur, Illinois, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 11 May 1944
Died 11 May 1944


Date Contributor Update
13 October 2017 12:18:05 TomC Changes to biography

Vivian Rogers-Price, Research Director, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. Also excerpt from Enrico Carpini's personal diary who witnessed the event.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:29 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4869 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database