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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 353BS/301BG Westover 8/7/42; Chelveston 9/8/42; transferred Tafaraoui, Alg 26/11/42; Maison Blanche, Alg 5/12/42; Biskra, Alg 16/12/42; Ain M'Lila, Alg 17/1/43; St Donat, Alg 6/3/43; (traded for 42-30125 15/7/43); Oudna,Tun 6/8/43 54m; transferred Massicault, Tun 49BS/2BG 14/11/43; Missing in Action Laviarano 30/1/44 with Joe Taylor, Co-pilot: Larry Madden, Navigator: Alf Snyder, Bombardier: Warren Gay, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Swan (5 Killed in Action), Radio Operator: Vince Pesature, Ball turret gunner: Harry HortonWounded in Action, Right Waist gunner: Bob Johnston (Robert T. Johnston - Northwood Iowa) Pow January 30th 1944 - June 9th - 1945, Waist gunner: Dale Cheny,Tail gunner: Ray IrwinWounded in Action (5 Prisoner of War); shot down but no chutes seen, crashed near Udine, It.. Missing Air Crew Report 2060. "I DO DIT".



  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...


  • Richard Crowell

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    Richard S. Crowell enlisted on 1 November 1941 as an Aviation Cadet and completed formal flying schools 20 May 1942. He was commissioned on 21 May 1942 and served with the 301st Bomb Group as Co-pilot and Pilot. He started flying combat missions on 5...


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
29 June 2015 18:53:29 leviotis Changes to description

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest

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