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42-29499

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/12/42; Salina 9/1/43; Morrison 12/2/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-Q] Chelveston 7/3/43;
Missing in Action Hamburg 25/6/43 with Larry Wilcox, Co-pilot: Nelson Miketta, Navigator: Joe Brooks, Bombardier: Stan Schreffler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wade Swink, Radio Operator: Truman Talledge, Ball turret gunner: Chas Overheim, Waist gunner: Alex Dewoina, Waist gunner: Bob Welch,Tail gunner: Joe Roche (9 Prisoner of War); photo-Chas Grigsby (KIA-possible chute failure);
Cause: enemy aircraft, ditched off Zuiderveen, Oude Rekela, Hol.
No MACR.
MA MA CHANG.

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...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Brooks

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229499 'Ma Ma Chang. ' Result unknown.

  • Alexander Dewoina

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229499 'Ma Ma Chang. ' Result unknown.

  • Charles Grigsby

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Photographer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Charles E Grigsby served as a photographer with the 305th Bomb Group. On 25 June 1943, he was flying on B-17 42-29499 'Ma Ma Chang' when it was attacked by enemy aircraft. The crew were ordered to bail out and Grigsby did not survive. He was Killed in...

  • Nelson Mikett

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229499 'Ma Ma Chang. ' Result unknown.

  • Charles Overheim

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29499 'Ma Ma Chang', Result unknown.

  • Joseph Roche

    Military | Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229499 'Ma Ma Chang'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Stanley Schreffler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229499 'Ma Ma Chang. ' POW

  • Wade Swink

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29499 'Ma Ma Chang'. Survived parachute drop but got hung up in a tree and broke his back. Rescued and taken care of by members of the underground, but because of his severe injuries had to be turned over to the...

  • Truman Talledge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 25 June 1943 on 13th mission in B-17 #42-29499 'Ma Ma Chang', Prisoner of War (POW) for 23 months and 8 days. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ POW

  • Robert Welch

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229499 'Ma Ma Chang. ' Result unknown. Robert did survive; his death was reported in the April 1991 edition of Can Do Notes.

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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
Crashed 25 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2016 23:47:38 jroche Changes to nicknames
Sources

The source is a photo of Joseph Roche crew, including Pilot Hal Walker, which was taken in under the nose of the aircraft, "Mama Chung's Bastard". The plane was named for a female doctor in San Francisco who was of Asian heritage.

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2016 09:26:04 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Added connections from information in biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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