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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 Mueller (Prisoner of War); mid air coll, crashed Wilsnack, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 13876.

Service

Aircraft

  • 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,...

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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

  • Leo Cassuto

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 365BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. ? x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13876. Awards: PH.

  • Alton Dodd

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 365BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. 20 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13876. Awards: AM (2OLC, PH.

  • Leroy Elfert

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 365BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13876. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Ben Friedman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 365BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13876. Awards: PH.

  • Leon Keene

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 365BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. 22* x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13876. ...

  • Lloyd Mueller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 365BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13876. ...

  • Henry Vinum

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 365BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13876. Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Thomas Wilding

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 365BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13876. ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Lincoln AAF, NE 16 September 1944

Delivered Lincoln AAF 16-Sep-44.

Assigned Thurleigh, UK 17 October 1944

Assigned 365th BS, 306th BG, 8th AF.

Crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg with Leon Keene crew; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 1 x POW, 7 x KIA Missing Aircrew Report 13876.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2020 10:44:04 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29433219
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1944_1.html
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/44-6593/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13876 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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