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42-37944

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 22/10/43; Gr Island 5/11/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-P] Chelveston 12/12/43; Missing in Action Stettin 13/5/44 with Capt Bernard Davey, Co-pilot: Chas Frankhouser, Navigator: John Potts, Bombardier: Capt Brooke Baier, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clem Melder, Radio Operator: Dan Meade, Ball turret gunner: Wayne Peterson, Waist gunner: Dick Finley, Waist gunner: John Gillis,Tail gunner: Lt Cole Berggreen, Ex/nav-Vic Suglia (11INT); flak KOd #2, force landed Echenforde, Swed; Missing Air Crew Report 4872. Returned to the USA Bradley 24/7/45; 4168 BU Independence 18/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 15/12/45.

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

  • Brooke Baier

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37944. Landed in Sweden, Interned (INT).

  • Cole Berggreen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237944. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Bernard Davey

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237944. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Richard Finley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237944. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Charles Frankhouser

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237944. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • John Gillis

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237944. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • William Hennigan

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew 30 missions within the 365th bomb squadron between october 1943 and may 1944.

  • Daniel Meade

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237944. Landed in Sweden. Interned. Daniel's death was reported in the August 1991 edition of Can Do Notes

  • Clement Melder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237944. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Wayne Peterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4237944. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

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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 13 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4872 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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