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422nd Bomb Squadron

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  • 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...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 96

    15 September 1943
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS join a night mission with the RAF to bomb the Dunlop Rubber Factory at Montlucon, France. There are no losses or claims.

  • 8th Air Force 175 LEAFLET DROP

    4 January 1944
    305BG/422BS despatches 4 B-17s to drop 800,000 leaflets on the French cities of Orleans, Lorient, Rouen and Tours in a night operation.

  • 8th Air Force 213 LEAFLET DROP

    7 February 1944
    6 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop 363 bundles (1,815,000?) leaflets on the Belgian cities of Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Liege, and Monceay-sur-Sambre. There are no losses or claims.

  • 8th Air Force 227 LEAFLET DROP

    20 February 1944
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop 200 bundles (1,000,000?) leaflets on the French cities of Tours, Nantes, Brest and Lorient. 1 aircraft is forced to abort because of aircraft mechanical failures. There are no losses...

  • 8TH AIR FORCE REORGANIZATION

    22 February 1944
    On 22-Feb-1944 The United States Strategic and Tactical Air Forces (USSTAF) of Europe is established and the 8th Air Force absorbs the VIII Bomber Command, VIII Fighter Command and VIII Air Support Command under a single Headquarters. Organization of...

  • 8th Air Force 232 LEAFLET DROP

    23 February 1944
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop 250 bundles (1,250,000?) leaflets on the French cities of REnnes, Le Mans, Chartres, Lille, and Orleans. There are no losses or claims.

  • 8th Air Force 286 LEAFLET DROP

    30 March 1944
    6 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop 300 bundles (1,500,000?0 leaflets on the Frensch cities of Rouen, Rennes, Reims, Paris, and Amiens. There are no losses, casualties or claims.

  • 8th Air Force 292

    8 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 294

    9 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 297

    10 April 1944

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Chelveston

Connections

People

  • Forrest Ainsworth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Arnold Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Croechern on 1 Jan 45 in B-17 'Stag Party' #4337837

  • Joseph Alles

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Viernheim in B-17 Scooterini #4337813

  • Edward Alves

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Viernheim in B-17 Scooterini #4337813

  • Kenneth Amesbury

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew 35 missions Air Medal with 5 olc's

  • Alexander Archibald

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Kustrin on 17 Mar 45 in B-17 'Naughty Virgin' #4338014

  • Charles Awrajewicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    S/Sgt Awrajcewicz served between March 1942 and the fatal training flight on 17 August 1943 - mid-air collision with Beaufighter Serial V8715 of RAF 75 Squadron. He had flown in over 20 missions, both daylight and night bombing ones. He originally...

  • William Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #4229641 'Black Swan. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Barber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Willie Barnes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Returning from a mision on Kassel, weather became very heavy overcast. Plane was trying to land using radio beacons, they hit the radio tower at Daventry, all crew was killed

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Aircraft

  • 41-24553 Cherry

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24553 'Cherry' was assigned to Syracuse 16-Sep-42;Presque Isle 19-Oct-42; Grafton Underwood 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action, 6-Dec-42 on a mission to bomb the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive factory at Lille, France. Shot down by Uffz Schnell (3...

  • 41-24611 Boomerang

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24611 "Boomerang" was assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-W] Presque Is 19-Oct-42; Grafton Underwood 25-Oct-42; flew Gen Eaker to Casablanca 15-Jan-43; Missing in Action 16-Feb-43 while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. Attacked...

  • 42-29499 Mama Chung's Bastard

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/12/42; Salina 9/1/43; Morrison 12/2/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-Q] Chelveston 7/3/43; ...

  • 42-29555

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/1/43; Salina 9/1/43; Tinker 26/2/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-Y/D] Chelveston 6/4/43; Missing in Action Hannover 28/9/43 with Capt Harvey Rodgers, Radio Operator: Frank Lang, Waist gunner: Joe Lickose, Waist gunner: Marvin Sirus (4...

  • 42-29641

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/43; Salina 9/2/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-V] Chelveston 21/3/43; Missing in Action Nantes 4/7/43 with Frank Scott, Co-pilot: Bob Brazeal, Navigator: Bill Bailey, Bombardier: Leslie Stone, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 42-29673 'Wangerooge' / 'Old Bill'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 31/1/43; Gt Falls 8/2/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-S] Chelveston 6/4/43; then 422BS [JJ-S]; severe battle damaged Wangerooge 15/5/43 with Capt Bill Whitson, Co-pilot: Harry Holt, Bombardier: Bob Barrall(wia), Flight...

  • 42-29800 'Me and My Gal'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; Smoky Hill 14/3/43; Morrison 9/4/43; Assigned 95th Bomb Group/335th Bomb Squadron [OE-L] at Alconbury 17 May 1943. Flew 4 missions with the 95th BG. Transferred to 305th Bomb Group/422nd Bomb Squadron [JJ-E/J]...

  • 42-3049 Windy City Challenger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/1/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-W] New Castle 17/3/43; Chelveston 25/3/43; Missing in Action Villacoublay 14/7/43 with John Perkins, Co-pilot: Art Lewis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Dube, Ball turret gunner: Joe Wendell,...

  • 42-3091

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/43; New Castle 18/4/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-K] Framlingham 12/5/43; 5m, transferred 422BS/305BG [JJ-S] Chelveston 17/6/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt (a night mission 3/4 Oct) 4/10/43 with Tom Seay, Bombardier: Norman Sarrat...

  • 42-5057

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Presque Is 19/10/42; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-M] Chelveston 30/10/42, then 364BS [WF-M]; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Ron Dahly, Co-pilot: Roger Jonesbroke both legs, Bombardier: Bill Beckman, Radio Operator: Grant...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 14:58:58 rossingtonj Changes to type and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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