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Floyd B Ammerman


On 26-Feb-43 while serving as the Tail Gunner in B-17F 41-24623, 305BG/365BS the aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the target at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. He was able to bail out and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW). The aircraft was then attacked by German fighters and crashed into tha Jadebusen (Jade Bight) just east of Wilhlemshaven, Germany. Floyd's death was reported in the June 1984 edition of 'Can Do'.



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


  • 41-24623

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Geiger 1-Sep-42; with George Stallman force landed Hancock Field, NY 5-Oct-42; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-V] Presque Isle, Maine 19-Oct-42; Grafton Underwood 25-Oct-42; Chelveston 11-Dec-42; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen 26-Feb-43. The...


  • 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...

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 Born Wisconsin, Cook County, Illinois 2 April 1905
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 26 February 1943 – 17 July 1945

Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Genikendorf (near Krems), Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 17-Jul-45


Date Contributor Update
03 December 2020 11:03:18 Helen Changes to biography

305th BGMA 'Can Do' notes.

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2020 21:42:16 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Corrected a misspelled word in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2015 21:35:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 20-Jun-2015. Added service number and POW event per MACR 16054; Added decorations per existing website data Added loss details to Summary Biography and location to POW event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE and National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Added Place, Aircraft and Mission connections within existing website data; Added POW date, A/C model number ,unit associations and crew position to Summary Biography.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:37 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, MACR 16054, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 81, The Brotherhood of Heroes by Thom p. 65, NARA enlistment and POW records