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42-3091

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/43; New Castle 18/4/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-K] Framlingham 12/5/43; 5m, transferred 422BS/305BG [JJ-S] Chelveston 17/6/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt (a night mission 3/4 Oct) 4/10/43 with Tom Seay, Bombardier: Norman Sarrat, Radio Operator: Chas Cox, Waist gunner: Bernie Resnicoff, Tail gunner: Jim Burney (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Ed Troph, Navigator: Bob Pierce, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Brauser, Ball turret gunner: L.G. McCoy, Waist gunner: Delano Williams (5 Killed in Action); flak, crashed on fire Gross-Karben, 10 miles NE of Frankfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 785.

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...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 335th Bomb Squadron
  • 422nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clarence Brauser

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat misions. Shot down on night mission to Frankfurt on 4/5-Oct-43 in B-17 42-3091. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 785 Awards: PH.

  • James Burney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on night mission to Frankfurt on 4/5 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3091. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Cox

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on night mission to Frankfurt on 4/5 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3091. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • L McCoy

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on night mission to Frankfurt on 4/5 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3091. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Pierce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on night mission to Frankfurt on 4/5 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3091. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bernard Resnicoff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on night mission to Frankfurt on 4/5 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3091. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norman Sarrat

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on night mission to Frankfurt on 4/5 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3091. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Seay

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    7 day-missions including first Schweinfurt. 7 night-missons with RAF. First bombs on Munich at night by 8th AF 2 October 1943. Shot down on night mission to Frankfurt on 4/5 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3091. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft II, Stalag...

  • Edward Troph

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on night mission to Frankfurt on 4/5 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3091. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Delano Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on night mission to Frankfurt on 4/5 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3091. Crashed near Gross-Karben, 20km NE of Frankfurt, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA).

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...

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Groß-Karben, 61184 Karben, Germany 4 October 1943

Missing in Action Frankfurt (a night mission 3/4 Oct) 4/10/43. Cause - flak, crashed on fire Gross-Karben, 10 miles NE of Frankfurt, Germany. (5 x POW, 5 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 785.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2022 12:47:40 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 785 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 21:04:38 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space to the A/C “Description” for readability.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:32:38 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 11:49:28 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 785 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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