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42-30242

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-N] Chelveston 10/6/43; fitted with H2S equipment in trials at Burtonwood, UK; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Ellsworth Kenyon, Co-pilot: Tom Davis, Navigator: John Cole, Bombardier: Joe Collins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Finley Mercer, Ball turret gunner: Art Englehardt, Waist gunner: Dick Lewis, Waist gunner: Chas Green, Tail gunner: Walt Gottshall (9 Prisoner of War), Radio Operator: Russ Algren (KIA-chute caught fire); enemy aircraft, crashed four miles W of Duren, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 911. LALLAH V…-.

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...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

People

  • 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.

  • John Cole

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30242 'Lallah-V III', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Collins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30242 'Lallah-V III', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • 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. ...

  • Walter Gottshall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30242 'Lallah-V III', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Green

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4230242 'Lallah-V III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2021 21:39:09 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the "Summary biography" sections of several crew including the Pilot “Ellsworth H Kenyon”.

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2021 21:29:10 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 911 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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