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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 3/2/43; Salina 10/2/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-X] Chelveston 17/3/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-X] Grafton Underwood 26/8/43; then 547BS [SO-S]; 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 4/4/44; Returned to the USA Brookley 11/8/44; Homestead 17/7/45; Patterson 22/7/45; Written off Mobile 31/9/45. KAYO.



  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    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


  • Jack Edwards

    Military | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • L Fecteau

    Military | Radio Operator

  • Joseph Kane

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew 25 Combat Missions out of England. One of two to return from Schweinfurt 14 October 1943. At times flew Group, Squadron and Wing Lead. Was in the Air Force for 10 yrs and 30 yrs as an airline pilot. Discharged from Travis AFB, 1950. ...

  • Manning Lawrence

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Manning Lee Lawrence born 03 July 1921, Burbank CA. Earned his wings as a bombardier in class 42-17 in Victorville AAF 12 December 1942 (photograph from the Class book). ...

  • Francis Lenich

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Kendall Daskey crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLM), Defense, WWII Victory, GC, EAME (Battle Star).

  • Charles Lozenski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Armorer Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Charles Lozenski served as an aerial gunner with the 365th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Chelveston, England. Was on the Kane/Normand Crew 14/10/43 A/C #42-3412 1 of 2 planes to return out of 15 from the 305th that day.

  • Leroy Pikelis

    Military | Engineer/Top Turret | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Leo Teetman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Flexible Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Leo Teetman was born in Brooklyn to parents of Polish descent, and lived most of his life on the East Coast. He joined up in 1942 and was assigned as a gunner to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron, based at Grafton Underwood in Northamptonshire....

  • John Vachout

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    MIA 29 Jul 43 as part of the Kane crew on the mission to Keil, Germany. He bailed out after being hit by fighters due to lack of oxygen. Declared KIA 30 Jul 43. Body never found. Walls of the Missing, Margraten Cemetery, Netherlands

  • Chester Voorhis

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner

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  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...


  • 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...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


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Date Contributor Update
27 December 2020 22:04:48 jmoore43 Changes to production block number and manufacturer

Added Production block number and Manufacturer per info on the internet.

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2017 03:49:09 charlieb Changes to media associations


Date Contributor Update
30 April 2017 02:54:33 charlieb Changes to unit associations, person associations and mission associations


Date Contributor Update
07 April 2017 20:46:02 charlieb Changes to nicknames

Get one A/C Group 8th af

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest

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