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41-24624

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Geiger 1/9/42; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-J] Presque Is 22/10/42; Grafton Underwood 29/10/42; transferred 422BS [JJ-J]; Missing in Action Kiel 19/5/43 with Capt Chas Clark, Co-pilot: Bob Ruse, Navigator: John Ward, Bombardier: Chas Woodworth, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Everett Howard, Radio Operator: Ken Baldridge,Tail gunner: Lewis Clayton (7 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Earl Rheinhardt, Waist gunner: Louis Haviland, Waist gunner: Ken Edwards (3 Killed in Action); flak, ditched in mouth of Keil harbor. Missing Air Crew Report 15549. MADAME BETTERFLY.

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...

  • 366th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Kenneth Baldridge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 #41-24624. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Curtis Burgan

    Military | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Charles Clark

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124624. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier on Oct 25, 1942 ac# B17F-30-BO 42-5059 crashed in sea off Baldy Point, Nova Scotia on ferrying flight from Gander to Prestwick. POW

  • Lewis Clayton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 #41-24624. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier on Oct 25, 1942 A/C B-17F-30-BO #42-5059 crashed in sea off Baldy Point, Nova Scotia on ferrying flight from Gander to Prestwick. Aircraft extensively...

  • Kenneth Edwards

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 #41-24624. Plane crashed into North Sea, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Louis Haviland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124624. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Everett Howard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124624. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier, Oct 25, 1942 ac# B17F-30-BO 42-5059 crashed in sea off Baldy Point, Nova Scotia on ferrying flight from Gander to Prestwick. Aircraft extensively...

  • Roger Moran

    Military | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Earl Rheinhardt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 41-24624. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Ruse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124624. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Places

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 19 May 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2015 02:30:40 davevanb Changes to description
Sources

I corrected (1) Earl Rheinhart to Rheinhardt, and (2) Madam Butterfly to Madame Betterfly. (By David W Van Bibber, 7 Oct 2015)

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2015 02:26:42 davevanb Changes to nicknames
Sources

I corrected the aircraft name from Madame Butterfly to Madame Betterfly. By David W Van Bibber, 7 Oct 2015

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15549 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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