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42-97097

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Alexandra 12/2/44; Presque Is 18/3/44; Assigned 366BS/305BG Chelveston 31/3/44; Missing in Action Nancy 27/4/44 with Bob Knight, Navigator: Fred Brown, Bombardier: John Hendrickson, Radio Operator: Leo Fines, Ball turret gunner: Alvin Billingsley, Waist gunner: Joe Casatelli (6 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Herman Sutter, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Emery Tipton, Waist gunner: Don Parker,Tail gunner: Jim Montone (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Sompuis, three miles E of Poivres, six miles E of Mailley le Camp, 19 miles S of Chalons-sur-Marne, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 4277.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 366th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Alvin Billingsley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4297097. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Frederick Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4297097. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Joseph Casatelli

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4297097. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Leo Fines

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4297097. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John Hendrickson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4297097. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Robert Knight

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4297097. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Montone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4297097. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Donnie Parker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4297097. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Herman Sutter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4297097. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Emmery Tipton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4297097. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 27 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4277 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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