Skip to main content
Edit entry 

43-37620

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/5/44; Hunter 18/5/44; Grenier 3/6/44; Assigned 365BS/305BG Chelveston 28/6/44; Missing in Action Cologne 10/1/45 with Art Leuthesser, Bob Whitcomb (2 Prisoner of War); Bill Butcher, Claud McLaughlin, Irwin Levy, Virgil Biggs, Marshall Villani, Jim Shambarger, Paul Lowry (7 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Fischbach, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 11745.

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...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Virgil Biggs

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-37620.

  • William Butcher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-37620.

  • 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: ...

  • Donald Ivarson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer/Top Turret | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Leuthesser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Crashed in A/C #42-102609 on 16 August 1944. Returned to duty. Crashed on 10 Jan 45 in B-17 #43-37620, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Irwin Levy

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-37620.

  • Paul Lowry

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-37620.

  • Claude McLaughlin

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Jimmie Shambarger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-37620.

  • Marshall Villani

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-37620.

Show more

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 10 January 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2020 22:23:34 ghichens Changes to markings
Sources

Greg Hichens

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2020 17:34:25 ghichens Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Greg Hichens

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11745 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share