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42-3412

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 15/6/43; Presque Is 17/8/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-M] Chelveston 20/8/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with Bill Nordyke, Co-pilot: Ed Phillips, Navigator: Chas Maynard body found in Frischenmoor swamp near Oldenburg, chute failed, Radio Operator: Jesse Moore, Waist gunner: Wayne Thulin, Waist gunner: Emmet Ludy (6 Killed in Action), Bombardier: Royce Hatchett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Bockus, Ball turret gunner: Ed Crouthamel, Tail gunner: Dick Heywood (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Bentstreek, 15 miles SE of Aurich, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1709. Was also one of two from 305th BG to return from 14/10/43 Second Schweinfurt Raid

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

  • Harold Bockus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #423412. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Crouthamel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #423412. 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

  • Royce Hatchett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #423412. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Heywood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #423412. Prisoner of War (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. ...

  • Lee Lockwood

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Robert Long

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    I'VE BEEN TOLD BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, THAT HE WAS A HERO DURING THE WAR. THATS NOT MADE HIM A HERO TO ME. HE WAS MY DAD, A GOOD MAN, AND FRIEND TO ALL HE MET, HE WAS A LOVING HUSBAND TO MY MOM {ALSO AN ARMY VET} DURING THE EASY AND THE HARD TIMES. FOR...

  • 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.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

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

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 20 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2018 15:59:21 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in description for readability.

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2018 02:09:37 jmoore43 Changes to manufacturer and description
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Added spaces in the description for readability.

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2017 02:58:49 charlieb Changes to person associations
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CREW LIST 12/11/43

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2017 02:49:59 charlieb Changes to mission associations
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MISSION LIST

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2017 04:54:24 charlieb Changes to description
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Wrong Place Wrong Time

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2017 04:38:59 charlieb Changes to person associations and mission associations
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wrong place wrong time

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1709 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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