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42-31427

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/11/43.
Assigned 305BG Chelveston 21/12/43.
Missing in Action Stettin (Bornholm) 11/4/44 with the following 10 crew taken POW:

1Lt Calvin Vance, Pilot:
1Lt John Raedeke, Co-pilot:
1Lt Bob Miller, Navigator:
2Lt Normand Blum, Bombardier:
S/Sgt Marvin Hulsey, Radio Operator:
T/Sgt Larry Bernier, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:
S/Sgt Troy Little, Ball turret gunner:
S/Sgt Bob Bain, Waist gunner:
S/Sgt Clive Bishop, Waist gunner:
S/Sgt Bob Ostrander,Tail gunner:

Enemy aircraft KOd #. Gas tanks leaking, force landed Teja, on Bornholm Is, in Baltic on way to Sweden.
Missing Air Crew Report MACR 4010.

See a detailed story at : http://www.flensted.eu.com/1944050.shtml

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Robert Bain

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Landing gear inadvertently retracted while taxiing for take off on mission to Frankfurt 29-Jan-44 in B-17F 42-30643 'Green Mountain Rambler'. RTD. Shot down 11-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31427. Plane ditched into Baltic....

  • Lawrence Bernier

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-31427. Plane ditched into Baltic. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4010 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clive Bishop

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-31427. Plane ditched into Baltic. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4010 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Normand Blum

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-31427. Plane ditched into Baltic. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4010 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Marvin Hulsey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-31427. Plane ditched into Baltic. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4010 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Troy Little

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Landing gear inadvertantly retracted while taxiing for take off on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30643 'Green Mountain Rambler'. RTD. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31427. Plane crashed into Baltic. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Miller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-31427. Plane ditched into Baltic. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4010 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Ostrander

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-31427. Plane ditched into Baltic. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4010 Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Raedeke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    On mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39957 'Hit Parade' was involved in a mid-air collision and returned to base. RTD. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31427. Plane crashed into Baltic. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Calvin Vance

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-31427. Plane crashed into Baltic. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4010 ...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Buit at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 2 November 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 2-Nov-43.

Assigned Chelveston, UK 21 December 1943

Assigned 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Near Bornholm Island. 11 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Stettin (Bornholm) 11-Apr-44; Gas tanks leaking, force landed Teja, on Bornholm Is, in Baltic on way to Sweden. MACR 4010.

See detail of event at : http://www.airmen.dk/p297.htm

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2019 16:47:50 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

http://www.flensted.eu.com/1944050.shtml
https://b17flyingfortress.de/b17/42-31427/

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2019 12:40:47 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.flensted.eu.com/1944050.shtml
https://b17flyingfortress.de/b17/42-31427/

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2015 16:17:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Associated mission from details from :
http://www.airmen.dk

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4010 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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