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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 27/2/43; Syracuse 15/4/43; Dow Fd 18/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-S] Earls Colne 12/5/43; transferred 366BS/305BG [KY-L] Chelveston 14/7/43; severe battle damaged Warnemunde 29/7/43 with crew? (P) Joseph W. Kane (CP) Harry Cornell (NAV) James C. Meade (BOMB) Manning L. Lawrence (ENG/TT) Leroy Pikelis (BT) Chester S. Voorhis (RO) L. J. Fecteau (LWG) Gene Foster (KIA) (RWG) Charles B. Lozenski (WIA) (TG) J. J. Vachout (MIA-KIA) (9 Returned to Duty); crash landed RAF Oulton, Nfk, Salvaged AFSC. OLD FAITHFUL.



  • 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...

  • 366th Bomb Squadron


  • Harris Cornell

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Pilot of B-17G #42-31544 Damaged by flak and fighters on a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 24 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31544 left formation after the target and crashed NNW of Ghent, Belgium after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • L Fecteau

    Military | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Gene Foster

    Military | Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed/ died on this date DFC, PH

  • 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). ...

  • 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.

  • James Meade

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29530, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leroy Pikelis

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

  • 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


  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...


  • 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
26 December 2020 02:31:40 jmoore43 Changes to description

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

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18 May 2019 03:32:03 CHARLIE B Changes to description

AAF Records

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photos from internet

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crew photo

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07 April 2017 19:22:01 charlieb Changes to nicknames

Photo from Fold

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27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest

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