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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Dow Fd 25/5/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-T] Chelveston 4/6/44; transferred 858BS Cheddington 26/6/44; on NLS mission over Holland 4/3/45 with Lt Col Earl Aber (Sqd CO), cp Maurice Harper both died when crashing into sea in attempt to reach ELG at Woodbridge, after rest of crew bailed and returned to base; set on fire by British shore batteries firing at an intruder off Clacton, Essex, UK; Missing Air Crew Report 13535; Salvaged 5/3/45. TONDELAYO.



  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    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...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron
  • 858th Bomb Squadron


  • Earle Aber

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Squadron Commander | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew B-17 #42-37516. Dropped leaflets at night over enemy occupied territory. Col Aber's remains were found in May 2002 in the river Stour at Harwick. He was buried on 5/10/02 at Cambridge American Cemetery. The airplane was the Tondelayo. The 406th...

  • Maurice Harper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Was co pilot to Col. Aber in 43-37516 'Tondelayo' they held the plane up to let the rest of the crew bail out and crashed into the River Stour.



  • Cheddington

    Military site : airfield
    The main runway at Cheddington fell short of the required 2,000 yards for a class A airfield and it was originally used as a satellite for groups at Bovingdon nearby. Between October 1942 and the end of war in Europe it was used as a Combat Crew...

  • 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...

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...


Event Location Date
Manufactured King County, WA, USA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Airport Pkwy W, Cheyenne, WY 82001, USA 25 April 1944

Delivered to USAAF, Cheyenne Field.

Assigned Chelveston, Wellingborough NN9, UK 4 June 1944

Assigned 422BS, 305BG, 8AF.

Transferred Cheddington, UK 26 June 1944

Transferred to 858BS, 492BG, 8AF.

Crashed River Stour, United Kingdom 4 March 1945 – 4 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) set on fire by British shore batteries firing at an 'intruder' off Clacton, Essex, UK. Crew baled out, pilot/copilot tried to reach Woodbridge ELG but crashed in River Stour Harwich. 2 x KIA, 9 RTD. MACR 13535.

Salvaged River Stour, United Kingdom 5 March 1945

Salvaged 5-Mar-45.


Date Contributor Update
06 August 2016 15:39:21 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
AAM Db crew entries.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:21 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13535 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database