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42-97991

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 26/4/44; Langley 26/6/44; Grenier 13/7/44; Assigned 366BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 9/8/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 24/8/44 with Major Herbt von Turgeln*, Co-pilot: Roland Heusser, Navigator: Harry James, Navigator: Edwin Johnson, Xn-Aubrey Moulton*, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Soseman, Waist gunner: Bob Brownell, Waist gunner: Don Powell*,Tail gunner: Harry Sherrell (9POW- * all wia); Radio Operator: Beverley Hayes, m/op-Lt Maurice Thomas, (2 Killed in Action); flak hit and jet fighters, caught fire, crashed Balgstadt, SW of Merseburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8207.

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

  • Robert Brownell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Merseburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #4297991 POW

  • Beverly Hayes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Merseburg in B-17 #4297991

  • Roland Heusser

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Merseburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 42-97991.

  • Ralph Hichens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | top turret gunner and flight engineer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Below is the list of missions he flew and the aircraft he was aboard: ...

  • Harold James

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Crashed at Merseburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #42-97991, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edwin Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Merseburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #4297991 POW

  • Patrick McHugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B-17 Gunner Left Waist & Tail | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 365BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 Missions (Dec 1943 - July 1944) ETD Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Aubrey Moulton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Crashed at Merseburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #42-97991, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Powell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Crashed at Merseburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #42-97991, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Sherrell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Merseburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #4297991 POW

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 24 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2020 17:24:05 ghichens Changes to markings
Sources

Greg Hichens

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8207 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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