Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237978. Landed in Sweden. Interned. Mr father's firt mission was in B'17G #42-37978 'KaLang', on May 13, 1944, when 289 B-17s were dispatched to hit oil targets in Western Poland; but clouds forced 215 of them, including my father's, to drop their on the city of Stettin; 10 bombers were lost and 81 damaged; my father's plane was hit by flak and lost one engine; with only a half hour of fuel remaining, they turned north and came down in Sweden. My father was interned there from may 13, '44 until Nov 1, 1944 when he and the rest of his crew returned to England in a Red Cross prisoner exchange. He landed in Washington DC on election, Nov 6 1944. He was training Bombardiers in Phoenix, AZ when the war ended in Augest 1945.
Units served with
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...
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...
||Watertown, South Dakota
||24 April 1917
||10 October 2009
||Evergreen Cemetery, Redlands, California