Skip to main content
Edit entry 

42-30004

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 2/4/43; Smoky Hill 22/4/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-B] Ridgewell 15/6/43 JANICE; transferred 305BG [WF-Q] Chelveston 22/8/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Ellsworth Kenyon, Co-pilot: Tom Davis, Navigator: Martin Licursi, Bombardier: Dick Lewis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Lambert, Radio Operator: Russ Ahlgren, Ball turret gunner: Art Englehardt, Waist gunner: Paul Chabula, Waist gunner: Frank Rollow, Tail gunner: Homer Bagby (10 Returned to Duty); no gas, ditched Channel, all rescued by Air Sea Rescue HSL 156. No MACR.

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...

People

  • Russell Ahlgren

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    B-17 42-30004 ditched in Channel on 6 September 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30242 'Lallah-V III. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Homer Bagby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    B-17 42-30004 ditched in Channel on 6 September 1943. Returned to base. Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Chabula

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    B-17 42-30004 ditched in Channel on 6 September 1943. Returned to base.

  • Thomas Davis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 42-30004 ditched in Channel on 6-Sep-43. Returned to base. Shot down 14-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30242 'Lallah-V III', Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 911 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Englehardt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 42-30004 ditched in Channel on 6-Sep-43. Returned to base. ...

  • Ellsworth Kenyon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot / Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    B-17 #42-30004 ditched in Channel on 6 September 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30242 'Lallah-V III', Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Lambert

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Aboard B-17 42-30004 when it ditched in English channel on 6-Sep-43. Returned to base. RTD Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Lewis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Left Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    B-17 42-30004 ditched in Channel on 6 September 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30242 'Lallah-V III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Martin Licursi

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Aboard B-17 42-30004 which ditched in English channel on 6-Sep-43. Returned to base. RTD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Rollow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    B-17 #42-30004 ditched in Channel on 6 September 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29988, Prisoner of War (POW).

Show more

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
Ditched English Channel 6 September 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) Stuttgart, Germany 6 September 1943

Revisions

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

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

Share