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42-30375

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/5/43; Gore 25/5/43; Kearney 5/6/43; Dalhart 27/6/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; with Gordon Crozier force landed Geiger 29/7/43; Patterson 8/8/43; Gr Isle 11/8/43; Presque Is 16/8/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-B] Chelveston 3/9/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 20/5/44; Returned to the USA 8STA Homestead 24/7/44; 4136 BU Tinker 25/7/44; Recl Comp 17/7/45. MISS DONNA MAE.

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...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Crane

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30804, Prisoner of War (POW). 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 ...

  • Harold Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-37740. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • 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.

  • Leroy Pikelis

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

  • Ben Witten

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

  • 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);...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2017 03:07:05 charlieb Changes to mission associations
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MISSION LIST

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2017 02:47:23 charlieb Changes to mission associations
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MISSION LIST

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2017 03:32:28 charlieb Changes to media associations
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INTERNET PHOTO

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2017 03:26:01 charlieb Changes to unit associations, person associations and mission associations
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CREW LIST AND MISSION LIST 10/10/43

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2017 20:52:24 charlieb Changes to nicknames
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get one A/C group 8TH AF

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2017 20:49:41 charlieb Changes to nicknames
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get one A/C group 8th af

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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