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42-30645

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/7/43; Kearney 24/7/43; Dow Fd 28/7/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-E] Chelveston 22/8/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Bob Jackman, Co-pilot: Henry Thayer, Navigator: Jesse Seeley, Bombardier: Bob Tank, Radio Operator: Rolland Kinney, Ball turret gunner: Bill Albright, Waist gunner: Joe Masaitis, Waist gunner: Jesse Brammer, Tail gunner: John Brandenburg (9 Prisoner of War), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Art Biesak (KIA - chute failed); flak, crashed Oldenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1327.

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

  • William Albright

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30645, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Arthur Biesak

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230645. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jesse Brammer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230645. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Brandenburg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230645. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • 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). ...

  • Harold Coyne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-37740, 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 ...

  • Jack Edwards

    Military | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Robert Jackman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30645, 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. ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

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 26 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2020 22:00:12 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2017 23:34:34 charlieb Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

CREW AND MISSION LIST

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1327 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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