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42-29988

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 22/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 11/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-S] Ridgewell 24/5/43 LUCIFER JR. with Melvin Hecker, Bill Cormany, Edwin Frost, Harry Becker, Bob Crain, Bob Roeder, Earl Miller, Jim O’Hara, Chas Russell, Frank Rumberger;

7m transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-A] Chelveston 22/8/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Bob Holt, Co-pilot: Aubrey Young, Navigator: Ed Ball, Bombardier: Bryce Barrett, Radio Operator: Doris Bowman, Tail gunner: Mike Letanosky (6 Killed in Action), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Blackwell, Ball turret gunner: Bill Frieson, Waist gunner: Frank Rollow, Waist gunner: Floyd Lenning (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Immendorf/Floeverich, near Puffendorf, 12 miles N of Aachen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 914. THE UNCOUTH BASTARD.

Service

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...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron
  • 535th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Ball

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29988, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bryce Barrett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29988, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Blackwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29988, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Doris Bowman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29988, Killed in Action (KIA). This was his 5th mission The target was Schweinfurt. Air Medal w Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Donald Breeden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Donald Paul Breeden served as pilot with the 364th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group. His B-17 #42-3436 was shot down 14 October 1943 over the Netherlands and Breeden was declared Missing in Action (MIA). ...

  • William Cormany

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Cormany crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30864. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 885. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. The 381st BG was awarded the Distinguished Unit...

  • William Frierson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229988. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edwin Frost

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    May - October 1943. Navigator, Cormany crew. 381st G, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30864. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 885. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA. The 381st BG was awarded...

  • Melvin Hecker

    Military | Major | Assistant Operations Officer | 381st Bomb Group
    Commercial pilot at age 18 in Chicago, IL. Enlisted January 5, 1942. Pinned wings at Ellington Field, TX Oct, 1942 (42-J). Original Pilot with 535th & 532nd Sqd, 381st BG, later Ops Officer with 701st Sqd, 445th BG, attended C&GSS late 1944, later...

  • Robert Holt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229988. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

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...

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2020 22:45:39 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Added connections to the 8th AF and to 8th AF mission #115 for 14 Oct 1943.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2020 22:26:01 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Updated the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2020 22:24:40 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2016 16:03:13 wimhm.slangen Changes to nicknames
Sources

Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 914 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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