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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Assigned 423BS/381BG [VE-L] Ridgewell 24/5/43 with Capt Joe Alexander, Co-pilot: Bill Crowley, Navigator: Jack Wemmer, Bombardier: Jim Nance, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Mault Thompson, Radio Operator: Walt Ferens, Ball turret gunner: Pete Garvan, Waist gunner: Joe Fazarti, Tail gunner: George Johnsen; 14m transferred 365BS/305BG [XK-J] Chelveston 22/8/43; 2 BAD Warton 20/3/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 23/6/44; Amarillo 7/7/44; Keesler 6/11/44; Sheppard 24/3/45; Amarillo 4/11/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 28/12/45. OLD COFFINS.



  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb 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...


  • Donald Cameron

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • 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). ...

  • Billy Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | aerial gunner/Ball turret gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Born Dec 1920 in KY. Both his parents died before he reached the age of 4. He was raised by his grandparents. He enlisted in the Army (infantry) in the late 1930's and spent time working with the CCC. He worked at the Lake Washington Shipyard ...

  • William Hennigan

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew 30 missions within the 365th bomb squadron between october 1943 and may 1944.

  • 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.


  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
28 April 2021 21:43:51 jmoore43 Changes to description

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

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2017 02:56:38 charlieb Changes to media associations


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07 May 2017 01:40:19 charlieb Changes to media associations


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07 May 2017 01:33:49 charlieb Changes to media associations


Date Contributor Update
07 May 2017 01:22:35 charlieb Changes to nicknames and mission associations


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:26 AAM AAM ingest

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