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43-38030

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/6/44; Kearney 28/6/44; Dow Fd 13/7/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-E] Chelveston 14/7/44; Missing in Action Hanover 22/10/44 with Phil Lichty, 2Lt Robert Coverstone, 2Lt John L Touchett, 2Lt Michael J Veraa, S/Sgt Albert B Zieglmeier, S/Sgt William R Robinson, S/Sgt Harold E Boling, S/Sgt Ersel E Lennier, S/Sgt Nick Colaiuta (9 x KIA); mid air coll with 43-38133 (305BG), crashed Thurleigh, UK; 19KIA in total. MY ACHIN' B.

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Aircraft

  • 43-38133

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/44; Kearney 13/7/44; Grenier 23/7/44; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-N] Chelveston 25/8/44; Missing in Action Hanover 22/10/44 with 2Lt John Mitchell, 2Lt William C Shoemaker, 2Lt Frank Watkins, Sgt Phillip R Mifsud, Sgt Ashton W...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Boling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator / Photographer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • Nick Colaiuta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Robert Coverstone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • 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: ...

  • Ersel Lennier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Phil Lichty

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • John Touchett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Michel Veraa

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • William Williams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    In August 1944, William Williams flew as Co-Pilot with the Lt. C. D. Garrett crew. ...

  • Albert Zieglmeier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 #43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Missions

  • 685

    22 October 1944

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...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 17 June 1944
Assigned Chelveston, UK 14 July 1944

Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Thurleigh, UK 22 October 1944

Missing in Action Hanover 22-Oct-44; Mid air in fog over base with B-17 43-38133. 9 x RTD

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2020 17:41:21 ghichens Changes to markings
Sources

Greg Hichens

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2019 18:46:56 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/43-38030-my-achin-b/
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=98121

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 11:37:25 Tom Changes to aircraft associations and unit associations
Sources

Associated bomb group and aircraft it collided with from description.

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 11:33:42 Tom Changes to nicknames and events
Sources

Added nickname and biographic events from description.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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