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43-38803

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 23/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-O] Thurleigh 17/10/44; transferred 305BG Chelveston 4/12/44; Missing in Action Oranienburg 10/4/45 with Jim Laubach, Boyce Scruggs, Theo Pappadopoulous, Roy Eriksson, Bill Horan, Nathan Douglas, Glynn Daufney, Wallace Ingianni, Bill Sybert (9 Killed in Action); mid air collision with 44-6593, crashed Wilsnack, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 13877.

Service

Aircraft

  • 44-6593

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44 Grenier 1/10/44; Assigned 365BS/305BG Chelveston 17/10/44; Missing in Action Oranienburg 10/4/45 with Leon Keene, Henry Vinum, Leo Cassuto, Ben Friedman, Alton Dodd, Leroy Elfert, Tom Wilding (7 Killed in Action); Lloyd...

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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...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Glynn Daufney

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13877. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Nathan Douglas

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Roy Eriksson

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: PH

  • William Horan

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: AM (OLC), PH

  • Wallace Ingianni

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner and Spot Jammer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wilsnack in B-17 #43-38803 ...

  • James Laubach

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: PH.

  • Theodore Pappadopoulos

    Military | Sergeant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: PH.

  • Boyce Scruggs

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: AM, PH.

  • William Sybert

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: AM, PH

Missions

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 Lincoln AAF, NE 23 September 1944

Delivered Lincoln AAF 23-Sep-44.

Assigned Thurleigh, UK 17 October 1944

Assigned to 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10 April 1945 – 10 April 1945

Missing in Action Oranienburg 10-Apr-45 with Laubach crew; mid air collision with 44-6593
, crashed Wilsnack, Germany; 9 x KIA MACR 13877.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2020 09:08:42 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, aircraft associations, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29433303
https://www.findagrave.com/virtual-cemetery/1192394

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13877 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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