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42-3549

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 28/7/43; Grand Island 9/8/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-H] Chelveston 1/10/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Chas Willis, Co-pilot: John Emperor, Waist gunner: Ed Sedingerchute caught fire,Tail gunner: Nick Stanchak (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: Christian Cramar, Bombardier: Willard Dixon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Floyd Karns, Radio Operator: Alan Citron, Ball turret gunner: Bernie Snow, Waist gunner: John Gudaitis (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Hoorn, near Roermond, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 918.

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
  • 366th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edgar Burford

    Military | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Alan Citron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423549. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Christian Cramar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • 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 ...

  • Willard Dixon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423549. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Emperor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423549. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Gudaitis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423549. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Homer Hocker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-37740, 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. ...

  • Floyd Karns

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423549. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 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 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2017 00:07:50 charlieb Changes to media associations
Sources

INTERNET

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2017 23:58:06 charlieb Changes to unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Crew list and mission list 9/10/43

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 918 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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