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42-97500

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Presque Is 25/12/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG Chelveston 22/1/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 20/2/44 with Bill Lingley, Co-pilot: John Baitsholts, Navigator: John Sulsona, Bombardier: Rich Field{found in nearby woods 18/3/44}, Radio Operator: R.E. Cox, Ball turret gunner: Glenn Smith (6 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Donal Novotney, Waist gunner: Tony Wachaya, Waist gunner: Murray Adler,Tail gunner: Malcolm Murray (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed forest S of Wohlmerstedt, two miles N of Billroda, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2429.

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...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Murray Adler

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    After receiving hits to the wing on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97500, some of the crew baled out on the return from the target. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Baitsholts

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    After receiving hits to the wing on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97500, some of the crew baled out on the return from the target. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • R Cox

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    After receiving hits to the wing on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97500, some of the crew baled out on the return from the target. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Field

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    After receiving hits to the wing on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97500, some of the crew baled out on the return from the target. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • William Lindley

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    After receiving hits to the wing on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97500, some of the crew baled out on the return from the target. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Malcolm Murray

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    After receiving hits to the wing on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97500, some of the crew baled out on the return from the target. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donal Novotney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    After receiving hits to the wing on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97500, some of the crew baled out on the return from the target. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Glenn Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    After receiving hits to the wing on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97500, some of the crew baled out on the return from the target. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Sulsona

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    After receiving hits to the wing on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97500, some of the crew baled out on the return from the target. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Anthony Wachaya

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    After receiving hits to the wing on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97500, some of the crew baled out on the return from the target. Prisoner of War (POW). POW Anthony's death was reported in the '87 No 2 edition of Can Do Notes

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) Germany 20 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2429 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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